Gionta is unsure if he'll suit up for Tuesday night's game against Buffalo, but it hasn't been ruled out.
“We'll see how he is. We're not sure yet,” interim coach Lou Lamoriello said Monday. “We'll just see how he feels. We won't know that until tomorrow.”
Gionta started skating on his own for a week before he was able to work into the first 15 minutes of practice twice last week.
“It's felt good for the last week or so and it's just getting the conditioning back,” Gionta said after practice on Monday. “It's been a long road back. It was good to get out there with the boys today.”
No surprise, the center has been itching to get back on the ice, especially while his squad has been struggling to turn things around after the coaching change on Dec. 26.
“It's difficult any time you have to watch your team play,” Gionta said. “You want to be out there with them. You want to be in the middle of it. You want to be in the mix. You want to be able to help the team out and, unfortunately, I wasn't able to for the last seven weeks. And it's always tough just watching. No matter whether you're winning or losing, it's tough watching.”