Flames’ Micheal Ferland placed on IR, Lance Bouma activated

Calgary Flames head coach Bob Hartley discusses how importance Michael Ferland is to the club, epecially against the Canucks where he always flourishes.

The Calgary Flames have placed left wing Micheal Ferland on injured reserve retroactive to Jan. 21 while activating forward Lance Bouma, the club announced Sunday.

Ferland hasn’t played since suffering an upper-body injury against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday. His head was hit in a collision with Blue Jackets forward William Karlsson, though Flames head coach Bob Hartley says Ferland won’t be out long-term.

He has eight points (two goals, six assists) in 37 games this year.

Bouma missed the last four games after cutting his right leg on Jan. 11 against the San Jose Sharks. He’e been limited to just 11 games this season after breaking his left leg in the third game of the season. He put up 34 points in 78 games in 2014-15.

The 25-year-old has one goal this year and is expected to play Sunday on the fourth line with Matt Stajan and Brandon Bollig.

“He brings a lot of energy,” Stajan told the Calgary Sun. “And he’s a smart player. I think he’s played on a lot of checking lines in his career against teams’ best players on a lot of nights. He finishes his hits, and he’s, for sure, our best shot-blocker on our team up front.

“Obviously, he had such a big year last year. This year’s been tough with injuries, but he always works hard and battles through. He’ll be a big part of our team down the stretch.”