News and notes: Michael Ferland skates, cap recapture news regarding Luongo contract, and hockey is almost back

Lots of news and notes today, so let’s tie a nice bow on it all, shall we?

Ferland skates

This is just great news for Michael Ferland as a person. He’s struggled with some well-documented concussion issues that limited him to just 14 games this season.

There had, at one point, been serious questions raised about the 28-year-olds ability to even play hockey again, so clearly he is healthy enough where he’s able to start working out on the ice.

Return to play nearly set

Monday afternoon the NHL and NHLPA reached a tentative agreement on their return to play plan and a four-year CBA extension.

Here’s what the NHL had to say: 

The National Hockey League (NHL) and National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) have reached a tentative agreement on a Return to Play Plan and Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that adds an additional four years to the term of the current Collective Bargaining Agreement and includes transition rules and a new critical dates calendar. As part of the tentative agreement, the following dates have been established: July 13 – Start of formal training camps; July 26 – Clubs travel to hub cities; August 1 – Start of Qualifying Round. The tentative agreement is now subject to approval by the NHL’s Board of Governors, as well as the NHLPA’s Executive Board followed by the full NHLPA membership. The respective review and approval processes will take place over the next few days and there will be no further comment until those processes are completed.

This means we’re one step closer to getting hockey back. The vote needs to be ratified by the players, so we should know by Friday if that happens.

Yesterday, I wrote about what life will look like inside the NHL bubble.

Luongo recapture

Inside the new CBA, there’s some new language regarding cap recapture penalties. This applies to the Canucks with the team still on the hook for $3-million a year to Luongo in cap recapture penalties.

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Originally reported by The Athletic’s Michael Russo, “there is no longer a charge greater than the contract’s AAV in any year, but charge continues until full overage is paid off.”

So the long and short of it for the Canucks, as broken down by Thomas Drance, is that Vancouver will get zero relief in having to pay the penalty.

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