A difficult year for Vancouver Canucks forward Micheal Ferland unfortunately continues. The team has announced that the veteran has sustained an injury that will force him to leave his team and the Edmonton bubble. Ferland is not headed back to Vancouver either, but to his home in Manitoba. There is no word on the nature or extent of Ferland’s latest ailment, but he has been ruled out for the remainder of the Canucks’ qualifying round series and will be evaluated once the series has concluded.
Ferland, 28, is in his first year of a four-year contract signed with Vancouver last summer. He got off to a rocky start to his Canucks tenure when he sustained a concussion in early November. Ferland missed 15 games on his first IR stint, returned briefly in November, and then was sidelined again due to concussion symptoms, missing the team’s final 38 regular season games. As a result, Ferland played in just 14 games and recorded only five points in his first season with the Canucks.
However, the lengthy pause in the NHL season due to Coronavirus allowed Ferland to regain his health and re-join the lineup for the postseason. The physical winger was a noticeable presence in Game One of the qualifying round match-up with the Minnesota Wild too, recording five hits and drawing seven penalty minutes (and a fine). Yet, in Game Two Ferland was held to just four shifts and 2:36 TOI. This was a clear sign that Ferland was not healthy and it is no surprise that he is set to miss more time. It is safe to assume that this absence is related to Ferland’s concussion struggles, especially after a Game One fight, but his official designation is “unfit to play”. More will be known when the Canucks re-evaluate his condition following this series, should they advance.