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Micheal Ferland’s injury is serious enough for him to leave the Edmonton bubble, as the Vancouver Canucks announced the rugged winger is returning home.
Ferland has been ruled “unfit-to-play,” which is the vague description all ailments get during the pandemic as per the agreement between the NHL and NHLPA.
#Canucks confirm that Micheal Ferland is 'unfit-to-play' for the remainder of the play-in series vs Minnesota. He has returned home and will be re-evaluated following the series.
— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) August 6, 2020
Ferland played the entirety of Game 1 against Minnesota on Sunday, and was very involved physically, getting into a fight on his first shift and receiving a $5,000 fine for spearing late in the game. He started Game 2 on Tuesday, but didn’t finish it, not receiving a shift after the first period.
The 28-year-old had previously been the feel-good story of Canucks training camp, as he appeared to be back to full health following a year of concussion-related issues. It’s unclear if this injury is related to a previous ailment.
Clearly, this would rule Ferland out for Game 3 on Thursday, and likely Game 4 (Friday) and Game 5 (Sunday, if necessary) as well.
Antoine Roussel also left Tuesday’s game early, after he was hit in the head with a puck. Head coach Travis Green said that both Tyler Toffoli and Adam Gaudette were “unfit to play” in Game 2, meaning they weren’t healthy scratches. Toffoli was reportedly in a walking boot, while whatever is bothering Gaudette is unknown.