Tampa Bay Lightning superstar Nikita Kucherov resumed skating this week and is still progressing toward a return for the playoffs, general manager Julien BriseBois said Friday, according to The Athletic's Joe Smith.

Kucherov underwent hip surgery in December and was ruled out for the regular season.

BriseBois is treating Kucherov's postseason return like a major trade-deadline acquisition. It's unlikely the club will add anyone else due to financial restraints.