San Jose Sharks center Logan Couture skated in full gear for the first time since fracturing his fibula during a practice on Oct. 15 on Saturday before his team’s game against the Pittsburgh Penguins. He had surgery to repair that fracture on Oct. 17.
“That was the first day of skating pretty good, just doing some conditioning,” Couture told CSN. “It’s cliché, but it’s day-by-day. [If] it reacts well we go a step further. I couldn’t tell you what the plan is for tomorrow yet.”
Couture being on the ice this weekend came as a bit of a surprise given that Sharks head coach Peter DeBoer said the forward would not skate before the team’s road trip ends on Sunday.
“I’m not sure if he said that or not. I’m basically going by what our doctors and what [trainer Ray Tufts] feel like I should do. I didn’t plan this whole trip in advance. Like I said, it’s kind of a day-by-day thing how it reacts and we move forward.”
Although no exact return date has been named, his coaches are happy to see Couture back on the ice.
“It’s nice to see him back on skates and it’s nice to see he’s got his gear back on,” assistant coach Steve Spott said. “He’s taking part in meetings now with the team, and hopefully it’s sooner than later. It’s definitely a nice shot of adrenaline for us.
“Right now he’s basically pleasure skating and getting some weight back on it.”