It seems that Micheal Ferland’s return has been held indefinitely for the time being.
Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported on Wednesday evening that the Vancouver Canucks attacker “will leave the bubble due to an injury.”
Hearing Micheal Ferland (VAN) leaves the bubble due to an injury. The attacker played only four shifts and 2:36 in Game 2 vs. MIN. No clarification on details.
– Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) August 5, 2020
Although not confirmed, Ferland has long struggled with the effects of concussion and post-concussion syndrome and Darren Dreger from TSN tweeted that: “Sources say he faces similar problems.” Rick Dhaliwal of TSN 1040 reports that Ferland is returning to his home in Manitoba and not Vancouver.
Noted for his tough, physical playing style, the winger made his return to the lineup in the qualifying round of the Canucks’ Game 1 loss to the Minnesota Wild. Less than two minutes later, he dropped the gloves with Marcus Foligno and finished the game with 11:41 Ice Age and five hits. He was also involved in an incident by the Wild’s bank, which resulted in a $ 5,000 fine for beating Ryan Hartman after the Minnesota player took his stick from behind the boards.
In Game 2, however, Ferland played only four teams in the first period, totaling two minutes and 36 seconds of ice age. He was missing from the bench from the start of the second period, and the broadcast speculated that he may have been injured after blocking a shot. Nothing has been confirmed by the team. The Canucks have announced that he is “unfit to play” and “will be re-evaluated after the series” on Wednesday.
#Canucks confirm that Micheal Ferland is ‘unsuited to play’ for the rest of the play-in series vs Minnesota. He has returned home and will be re-evaluated after the series.
– Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) August 6, 2020
Reached for comment, GM Jim Benning told Ben Media Media’s Ben Kuzma, “They (the NHLPA) did the talking and he (Ferland) left the bubble, but I cannot comment. I am always willing to share what I know, but as part of the agreement with this tournament I cannot comment on injuries. And I think this is going through the postseason. ”
After signing a four-year deal of $ 14 million over the summer, the 28-year-old played only 14 games for the Canucks during the 2019-20 regular season, scoring one goal and five points. He suffered a concussion in a fight with then-Kings striker Kyle Clifford on October 30 and missed the team’s next 17 games; it was not the first concussion in his career.
He returned against Buffalo on December 7, but had to leave the next game against the Maple Leafs due to a return of his symptoms. Ferland tried to come back in February to play for the Canucks’ AHL team in Utica, but was unable to complete his first game.
“When I got back to Toronto, I thought I was good and had a little bit of symptoms, and thought I was good to play,” he told reporters on February 10four days prior to that Utica Comets game. “I don’t think it was a step back, just a little bit of lingering stuff left. We were careful about it and just decided to take more time. “
During his recovery, Ferland experienced headaches, dizziness and light sensitivity.
If the Canucks can get past the Wild and Ferland can return, he would have quarantined before rejoining the team. Vancouver is currently tied with Minnesota at 1-1 in their best-of-5 series.