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Jagr returns to practice for Devils

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New Jersey Devils forward Jaromir Jagr returned to practice on Tuesday after being sidelined since Sept. 12 because of lower body soreness.

Jagr had been skating on his own for a week, but was held out of practice as a precaution. He skated Tuesday on a line with Michael Ryder and Adam Henrique.

Jagr was not expected to play in Tuesday's preseason game against the Flyers, but hoped to play in the preseason finale Thursday.

It's the veteran winger's first year with New Jersey. He began the 2012-13 season with Dallas before getting traded to Boston right before the playoffs. For his career, Jagr has 681 goals and 1007 assists.

The Devils open the season against Pittsburgh, the team that Jagr played with for the first 11 years of his career, on Oct. 3.

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