Goaltender Tomas Vokoun can practice. He returned to a full session Wednesday at Consol Energy Center.

Vokoun can play whenever he is ready. Doctors have told him so.

What Vokoun won’t do is be anything other than fair to himself and the Penguins.

“If I don’t feel like I’ll be helping or I’m not where I need to be to play, I’m not going to try to get in [the lineup] and be a burden to the team,” Vokoun said, speaking publicly for the first time since he was allowed to discontinue taking blood-thinners.

Vokoun had not practiced since September when he had a medical procedure to dissolve a blood clot.

The Penguins were still in training camp then. Now, they are about to enter the stretch run.

He has not played since the 2013 spring, when he supplanted struggling No. 1 goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury in the playoffs.

The practice Wednesday was the team’s first since the Olympic break began Feb. 8 and featured the 12 healthy players who are not in Sochi for the Winter Games. Vokoun skated a handful of times and took shots from a few teammates before the break, but Wednesday he faced shots from multiple players during various drills.