Multimedia: Gionta returns to Habs practice, not ready to play yet

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Brian Gionta’s skates at his locker at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard. No, this photo is not actual size (though Gio does wear 3 1/2s).

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The Canadiens practised in Brossard Tuesday morning, preparing for Wednesday’s home game against the Winnipeg Jets.

The big news: captain Brian Gionta, who has missed the past 10 games with a groin injury, practised with his teammates for the first time since being hurt, and he wasn’t wearing a non-contact jersey. But Gionta said after practice he’s not ready to return Wednesday. It’s day to day as he increases the tempo of his practising.

Video below of Gionta and P.K. Subban, who didn’t have a rematch with sparring partner Tomas Plekanec after Monday’s tussle.

Follow Stubbs here on Twitter for updates of practice as they happened and for other Habs news throughout the day.

Scott Gomez and Ryan White skated on the second sheet. No sign of Andrei Markov. And no word on the return status of any of the three.

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