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Laine skates for first time since concussion

Rookie skated on Wednesday, no timetable yet for return

by Mitchell Clinton @MClinton007 /

WINNIPEG - Paul Maurice promised he would give notice when Patrik Laine got on the ice for the first time since sustaining a concussion in Buffalo on Jan. 7.

Today, he made good on that promise.

"Patrik Laine skated today," Maurice said to open his pre-game media availability ahead of tonight's 6:30 pm puck drop against Arizona.

Laine skated with Director of Fitness Dr. Craig Slaunwhite prior to the team's 9:30 am morning skate at MTS Centre. The light skate was the next phase in Laine's recovery.

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"All the things that have gone on, the light bike rides, he got through and was fine. So this is the next phase, he gets back on the ice," said Maurice. "We'll see how he feels tomorrow to decide if he's going on or not. Then you just start augmenting it every day."

Despite missing the last five games, Laine still leads the Jets with 21 goals, with Mark Scheifele closing the gap, sitting just behind Laine with 20.

Maurice said despite the good news, there is still no timetable for the rookie's return.

"The last thing will be a full contact practice," said Maurice. "We've had players in the past just blow through the first part, get to that, and hold there for a long time. If you present any kind of symptom in that, you're back to square one. So there's no time frame."

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