Oilers sign D Ference away from Bruins
The Edmonton Oilers added experience to their defense on the
first day of free agency, signing Andrew Ference on Friday.
Ference signed a four-year, $13 million deal, a hefty raise from
his last contract with the Boston Bruins.
The 34-year-old Edmonton native was a key part of the Bruins’
run to the Stanley Cup final, though there was no room for him to
return to Boston because of salary-cap issues and young defensemen
in their system.
Ference joins a defense that includes Justin Schultz, Ladislav
Smid and Nick Schultz.
In 760 career games, Ference has 37 goals and 156 assists. He
was a part of the Bruins’ Cup champion team in 2011.
The Oilers also signed a pair of ex-Coyotes – center Boyd Gordon
and goaltender Jason Labarbera.
Gordon signed a three-year deal with Edmonton. He has 122 points
in 486 games with Washington and Phoenix.
Labarbera signed a one-year contract. The veteran backup spent
the past four seasons with the Coyotes.
The Oilers also added former New York Islanders forward Jesse
Joensuu, Will Acton and Ryan Hamilton.