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Couture (hand) skates for first time post-surgery

Logan Couture

FILE - In this file photo taken May 18, 2011, San Jose Sharks’ Logan Couture celebrates a goal against the Canucks during a hockey game in Vancouver, British Columbia. The Sharks signed Couture to a two-year, $5.75 million contract extension through the 2013-14 season on Friday, Aug. 28, 2011. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jonathan Hayward)


There was a positive sight for the Sharks in Tampa Bay today, as forward Logan Couture skated for the first time since undergoing hand surgery nine days ago.

Here’s Couture talking about his return, and his pending return:

On Jan. 8, the Sharks confirmed Couture’s surgery was a success and that he’s expected to make a full recovery. His timetable for return is 3-4 weeks, meaning he’ll likely be out until the NHL’s Olympic break, which begins on Feb. 9.

Couture, 24, has played in 43 of the Sharks’ 44 games this season. He’s scored 14 goals and 35 points.

He had been in the conversation to be named to Canada’s Olympic hockey team but was left off the roster, a decision that -- according to the San Jose Mercury News -- wasn’t based on his injury.

“It’s pretty, pretty disappointing to not make that team,” he said. “I thought I did everything I could to put myself up there. I mean, it’s Team Canada. It’s an impossible team to pick.”