Updates from Thursday, Feb. 27
From there, Marty Havlat has been reunited with Logan Couture and Patrick Marleau, on a line that had some success late last season. Couture will be playing for the first time since a hand injury kept him out for the previous 16 games before the break. He hasn’t played since Jan. 5 in Chicago.
“Last night, it was difficult going to sleep just thinking about how exciting it is to get out and play in an NHL game again,” Couture said on Thursday morning. “It feels like I haven’t played in like three years.”
“Being with Marty, when he’s playing well with us, it’s nice,” Couture said. “We spend a lot of time in the other team’s end. We’re creative down there with creating scoring chances, and usually we get a couple.”
Updates from Sunday, Feb. 23:
Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area has the latest on Logan Couture's recovery:
Couture: "I’m ready to go. … [Hand] feels good as it’s felt in three months.” #SJSharks— Kevin Kurz (@KKurzCSN) February 23, 2014
Updates From Saturday, Feb. 1
Kevin Kurz of CSN has the latest on Couture:
Now hearing Logan Couture will most likely not play before Olympic break #SJSharks— Kevin Kurz (@KKurzCSN) February 1, 2014
Updates For Friday, Jan. 17
According to David Pollack of the San Jose Mercury News, Couture took to the ice for the first time since his surgery:
The Sharks' Logan Couture skated Friday for the first time since undergoing hand surgery and Todd McLellan said that is a good sign of progress.
"He's through that danger period of being damaged any more and now he's starting to work on his conditioning again," the coach said. "We hope everything goes as planned and he'll be right on time."
Couture talked to Pollack about his recovery:
"I think we're right on schedule — it's been nine days since surgery so it's good to get back on the ice," said Couture, who was on the ice as part of his conditioning, but did a little stickhandling while he was out there.
Couture said he enjoyed traveling with the team even if he isn't playing, but it was more important for him to head East was to keep in contact with trainer Ray Tufts and his staff.
"The main reason for me to come was to stay with Razor and the training staff so they could keep an eye on me and I'd get treatments. I'll try to skate again tomorrow morning early."
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Updates for Wednesday, Jan 8
David Pollak of the Mercury News provides an update on Couture after today's surgery:
#SJSharks Logan Couture did undergo surgery today told there were no complications and that three-to-four week recovery estimate stands.— David Pollak (@PollakOnSharks) January 9, 2014
The Sharks released a brief statement via sharks.nhl.com:
Logan underwent successful surgery today by team orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Arthur Ting, and is expected to make a full recovery. He will be starting his rehabilitation immediately and we look forward to getting him back in our line-up. No specific return date is set at this time.
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Updates From Tuesday, Jan. 7:
Sharks GM Doug Wilson released a statement on Couture today, according to the Sharks' official website:
"For the past several weeks, Logan has been dealing and playing with an upper body injury. Despite his efforts to play through it, the injury has not responded as we had hoped and Logan has made the decision to undergo a surgical procedure to repair the problem.
"While the timing of the procedure is not ideal, Logan feels it is in his and the team's best interest to get the problem rectified now. Logan will undergo surgery on Wed., Jan. 8 and we will have a better update on the recovery time following the procedure."
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It looks like the center will be able to return just in time to play in Sochi. The 24-year-old is a member of the Canadian Olympic hockey team.
But the Sharks are more concerned with his play in the NHL. He's had a terrific year, putting up 14 goals and 21 assists for 35 points in 43 games with a plus/minus of 13. He was on a tear before the injury, scoring a point in each of his past five games with four goals and an assist.
At 27-10-6, the Sharks are having a great run with 60 points on the season, placing them second in the Pacific Division behind the Anaheim Ducks. Considering they went 25-16-7 in the shortened 2012-2013 season, this has been a very successful year for the Sharks.
We will see if they can continue this strong start to the season without Couture.