Artemi Panarin returned to Rangers practice on Wednesday

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Artemi Panarin celebrates while smiling near Rangers bench close crop
Artemi Panarin celebrates while smiling near Rangers bench close crop

Artemi Panarin is back.

The Rangers' star winger, who had taken a leave of absence on Feb. 22 after the team denied a "fabricated" story out of Russia, was seen at practice on Wednesday.

Panarin will not be suiting up against the Boston Bruins on Thursday night, head coach David Quinn said on Wednesday.

Quinn recently said that Panarin remained active during his time away from the team.

"I talk to Bread daily," he told USA Today's Vince Mercogliano. "He has been doing some skating, so we're just waiting day-to-day for the right time for him to come back."

The Rangers have gone 4-4 since Panarin has been out, and have dropped two games in a row to the Pittsburgh Penguins.