Montador returns to practice

CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Steve Montador practiced with the team for the first time this season on Friday.

The 33-year-old Montador hasn't played in a game since March 27, 2012. He missed time on two separate occasions due to head injuries last season. He had five goals, nine assists and a plus/minus rating of plus-4 in 52 games last season.

“First time he got into practice today,” Quenneville said after Friday's morning skate at the United Center. “He said he felt okay. Nice to see him back."

Quenneville didn't have a timetable for when Montador would return to game action.

“He's going to have to go through practices here, get himself where he's ready to play," Quenneville said. "That's where he's at. He's cleared some hurdles where he can get inserted into practices, and he'll tell us when he's ready to go.”

Montador signed a four-year, $11-million contract with the Blackhawks in June of 2011. He has played 571 career NHL games.