Vancouver Canucks continued their busy offseason this week by making another valuable addition to their roster. Canucks announced that they have signed veteran winger Micheal Ferland to a four-year deal.
According to his new contract, Ferland, who spent the last season with Carolina Hurricanes, will earn $3.5 million.
“Micheal is an energetic player that drives the play and can contribute in all three zones,” – said Canucks general manager Jim Benning in a statement. “He’ll make our team harder to play against on a nightly basis and we’re excited that he’ll call Vancouver home.”
Ferland played 71 games with Hurricanes last season and proved to be a valuable piece of the rotation with his gritty style of play that resulted in 182 hits. He also contributed with 17 goals and 23 assists.
The 27-year-old intends to continue with his physical style of play in Vancouver as well.
“I’ve got a style that I play: when I’m at my best, it’s when I’m physical.” – Ferland told reporters via conference call. “I get my body into it and it helps the rest of my game. For my style, it’s a team I can fit in with nicely. It’s a young team.”
Ferland played in 321 games during his NHL career, which also saw him in Calgary Flames jersey, and contributed 129 points including 59 goals and 70 assists.