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SAN JOSE – For Logan Couture, the recovery process literally is one step at a time.
The Sharks center, out with a fractured right fibula, got back on his feet over the weekend after surgical staples were removed at his ankle. He is now walking around in a boot after about two weeks on crutches.
“Definitely making progress,” Couture told CSNCalifornia.com on Tuesday.
Couture, named an alternate captain just before the season, had surgery on Oct. 17 after a freak accident in practice at the Prudential Center in Newark two days earlier. The Sharks announced the timeframe for his return would be 4-to-6 weeks.
Although it’s now been two-and-a-half weeks since the operation, Couture still didn’t want to estimate when he’ll be on the ice again.
“I don’t know the time when I’m going to be back playing, skating, or anything like that,” he said. “It’s just kind of one step at a time – getting the staples out, to walking. It just takes time.”
The Sharks are 3-5-0 with Couture out of the lineup. Although Tomas Hertl has filled in admirably while centering leading scorer Joel Ward and Patrick Marleau, the team’s overall depth scoring quickly dried up after a promising start when Couture was healthy. In three games, Couture had one assist, a +1 rating and seven shots on goal.
Couture is set to see a team doctor at SAP Center later on Tuesday for a check-up, and he’ll likely stick around to see the Sharks play in person for the first time since getting hurt.
“Any time you get injured it’s tough, especially when the team is not winning, it’s tough watching,” he said. “[I’m] trying to be positive with the guys. Come around as much as I can and try and help out. It’s difficult when you’re not playing.”