Motte clarified that he has been out of action due to offseason neck surgery, Brendan Batchelor of Sportsnet 650 reports. Coach Travis Green also told reporters that Motte will need some additional time before he can play again despite returning to practice.

Motte notched six goals and three assists in 24 games last year while dishing out 100 hits and averaging 16:01 of ice time. Once given the all-clear, the 26-year-old Michigan native should be in line for a bottom-six role, where he figures to push for the 20-point threshold.

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