San Jose Sharks Logan Couture (39) fires the puck at Los Angeles Kings goalie Ben Scrivens (54) in shoot-out at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif., on
San Jose Sharks Logan Couture (39) fires the puck at Los Angeles Kings goalie Ben Scrivens (54) in shoot-out at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif., on Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013. (Josie Lepe/Bay Area News Group)

TAMPA, Fla. — 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."

The Sharks said Couture would be out three to four weeks when he underwent the procedure on his right hand Jan. 8.

"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."

Two other injured Sharks — Tomas Hertl (knee) and Scott Hannan (head) are not on the trip that ends with an 11 a.m. game Saturday against the Tampa Bay Lighting.