New Jersey Devils forward Jaromir Jagr returned to practice Tuesday for the first time since the opening of training camp on Sept. 12 after nursing a lower-body injury.
"Back and hip muscles, they're all connected," Jagr said. "I'm glad I didn't get injured again. I guess that's the first step. I knew it wasn't good when it happened to me in the first practice. It probably had something to do with the plane ride. Traveling 15 hours is not easy."
Jagr had been skating on his own since last Wednesday. He was the first player on the ice with Tuesday's group.
Jagr was among a group of players practicing, but not playing in Tuesday night's preseason game against the Philadelphia Flyers. He skated at right wing with Michael Ryder on left wing and Adam Henrique at center, and is hoping to play in the Devils' final preseason game Thursday night against the Flyers at Prudential Center.
"If I could, I'd like to," Jagr said. "It's about me getting confidence when the season starts. Even though my (2012-13) season was so long, I'd like to play some games. If I have a good practice, maybe it'd be a good idea to play."
Jagr added he's shooting for the Devils' season opener Oct. 3 against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Pittsburgh.