Neither side has confirmed anything yet, but it looks like the Calgary Flames and forward Micheal Ferland will be avoiding arbitration this offseason. A report from Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman suggests that Ferland and the Flames are working on a new deal for the upcoming two NHL seasons, which is expected to pay out a combined $3.5 million through 2019.
Hearing CAL and Micheal Ferland working on a two-year, $3.5M deal. Avoids arbitration
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) July 13, 2017
Once the deal expires, Ferland will become an unrestricted free agent.
A native of Swan River, Manitoba, Ferland was drafted 133rd overall by the Flames at the 2010 NHL Entry Draft out of the WHL’s Brandon Wheat Kings.
The rough-and-tumble forward went pro in 2013, joining the Flames at the AHL level for a year before getting his first shot in Calgary during the 2014-15 campaign. He moved to the NHL full time the following season, where he’s been ever since.
Through a collective 173 career NHL games — all with the Flames — the 25-year-old forward has put up 21 goals and 48 points, including a career-high 15 goals this past season. He developed a passionate fanbase following during the 2015 postseason, though, when he became well-acquainted with then-Vancouver Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa throughout the first round of the playoffs via spirited chirps, hits and fights.
If this deal is finalized, that’s a huge step in the right direction for the Flames in regards to their offseason plans. But with two contracts still left — one being the enigmatic extension for forward Sam Bennett — there’s still plenty of work to be done for the Pacific Division club before it’s ready for the upcoming season.