Though players all around the league would obviously like to get back on the ice and start competing for the Stanley Cup once again, there is one silver lining in this current season suspension. Injured players, like Micheal Ferland of the Vancouver Canucks, have received even more time to rest and recuperate from their ailments. Ferland, who has suffered multiple concussions and was limited to just 14 games this season, is back home according to his agent who told Rick Dhaliwal of TSN that the power forward is experiencing “zero symptoms.”
The 27-year old Ferland signed a four-year, $14MM deal with the Canucks last summer to be part of their new identity as a fast, physical team. Joining other power forwards like J.T. Miller, Jake Virtanen and Antoine Roussell upfront, Ferland gave the Canucks a reliable 40-point winger who could move up and down the lineup depending on the situation. Unfortunately, his health has been completely unreliable for the team, after suffering the third (known) concussion of his career in early November. He would return just over a month later but lasted all of 13 minutes over two games before he was taken out with symptoms again. Another try at the AHL level in February would last just a single period before the symptoms came back, with concern growing for his future at every turn.
At this point, all anyone can do is hope that Ferland’s day-to-day life can return to normal. It’s not clear how the rest of his hockey-playing career will go, but there is still three years and $9.5MM left on his contract.