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Jeff Skinner returns to practice

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Jeff Skinner has returned to practice with the Carolina Hurricanes in the latest step in his recovery from a concussion.

Last year's NHL rookie of the year skated Monday with the Hurricanes for the first time since the injury. The forward wore a yellow jersey that meant no contact.

He says there remains no timetable for returning to games but that "we're just trying to go through the steps and get me back ready to play."

Coach Kirk Muller says "it looks like he's on the right track."

Skinner has missed 10 games since the concussion came during a hit Dec. 7 at Edmonton. The 19-year-old led the team with 12 goals and 24 points when he was hurt.