Ferland could return in summer if NHL season resumes, Canucks general manager says


Micheal Ferland could return for the Vancouver Canucks this summer if the NHL season resumes, said general manager Jim Benning.

Ferland was to miss the rest of the season after recurrent concussion symptoms limited the striker to 14 games this season. Ferland last played in the NHL on December 10, and an earlier comeback ended in his first assignment game with Utica in the American Hockey League on February 14, when he left after the first period with symptoms of concussion.

” I talked to Micheal Ferland last week and he’s fine, “said Benning on Wednesday. ” He trains [at his offseason home in Manitoba], and if we were to start here later this summer, I think he’s going to be 100% and he can come back to play. “

Ferland, who is in the first season of a four-year contract with an average annual value of $ 3.5 million, has five points (one goal, four assists) this season.

Benning was less certain of the attacker’s return Josh Leivo, who fractured his kneecap on December 19 against the Vegas Golden Knights and was to miss 2-3 months. Leivo has collected 19 points (seven goals, 12 assists) in 36 games this season.

“It was a difficult injury,” said Benning. “He is doing his rehab [in Vancouver] and can keep doing it, and we’ll just see where it is. “

Goalkeeper Jacob Markstrom and defender Christopher Tanev have already been allowed to play.

Markstrom had knee surgery on February 26, but had already resumed skating before the NHL ended the season on March 12 due to concerns about the coronavirus. Tanev suffered a lower body injury on March 10 in the last game before the season break and was seen week by week.


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