NEW YORK, NY -- Micheal Ferland has an MCL sprain in his knee and is week-to-week, according to Calgary Flames general manager Brad Treliving.
“We’re going to call it week-to-week at this point, sort of see how things respond,” Treliving said. “He’ll begin treating it now, rehabbing it now. He didn’t make the trip so he’s back in Calgary. He was evaluated again yesterday and today. MCL sprain, week-to-week.”
Ferland left Friday's 3-2 overtime win against the Detroit Red Wings in the second period and did not return. The Flames recalled Derek Grant from Stockton of the American Hockey League on Saturday. Grant will make his debut with Calgary against the New York Rangers on Sunday.
“It’s a loss,” Treliving said. “Anytime you lose somebody, you’ve got to replace the minutes and replace the role. When somebody goes down, you’ve got to replace what that person brought. We’ve had a few of them to start the year, so now the next man up gets the opportunity to jump in and contribute. We’re hopeful that it’s not going to be too long and Micheal will be back.”
The Flames are already without physical forward Lance Bouma, who sustained a broken fibula against the St. Louis Blues on Oct. 13 and is out indefinitely.
“It’s tough. Those physical guys, it’s like replacing a 30-goal scorer or your best defenceman,” Calgary coach Bob Hartley said. “Those guys bring something that not everyone can. It’s a choice. It’s a bit part of their personality. We have [Brandon Bollig] up front but we’re going to miss those two guys but there’s not much we can do.”
Ferland has one assist and nine penalty minutes in seven games this season.