Dreger: Hurricanes’ preference still re-signing Ferland

Micheal Ferland’s low cap hit may make him an attractive rental option, but he could be looking for big bucks on his next contract.

Darren Dreger had a Thursday morning radio hit on Edmonton’s TSN 1260, and this particular discussion began around how many teams would be able to make the pending unrestricted free agent’s cap hit work for them.

“Yeah, and he’s a good player obviously,” said Dreger. “When you look at the player’s who can play in either conference and you can expect they’d be impact guys in either conference, there really aren’t that many. I look at Wayne Simmonds of the Philadelphia Flyers. He had a good night again last night against the Bruins. And then I look at Mike Ferland.

“Now, I talked to Carolina yesterday. Their preference is to sign him. But at what cost. What is that contract going to look like. There’s all kinds of speculation as to what Ferland might expect as a pending unrestricted free agent, some suggesting it could be as high as $6 million a year. I don’t believe that the agent has ever officially made that request.

“But most importantly to Carolina, there’s another team that’s in the playoff mix in the Eastern Conference, and Mike Ferland is a big part of why that is. So they’ve got some heavy lifting and negotiating in the next several weeks here, that’s Don Waddell and the Carolina Hurricanes.

“But there will be no shortage of teams with interest in this guy, including a team like the Vegas Golden Knights. I mean, let’s not forget where Mike Ferland came from, right. He came up from the Western Hockey League, and nobody knows this young man better than Kelly McCrimmon.”

Ferland is in the second season of a two-year, $3.5 million contract, which carries a low $1.75 million cap hit, and he can become an unrestricted free agent this summer.

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