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05-19-2013, 11:26 PM
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Originally Posted by OilerFan4Life View Post
Are you honestly saying Schultz is better than Ference?

Just lol.

1) Ference will cost less than Schultz' 3.5 million caphit.
2) Ference is WAY more physical
3) Ference is a leader on and off the ice....his antics can be a bit much but he's great at taking attention away from struggling teammates and putting the burden on himself.
4) Ference is a proven playoff performer. He was a rock for the Flames in '04 and the last few years for Boston.

Please explain in what way Ference is worse than Schultz. I'll wait for your reply.
I'll admit that the Nick Schultz statement is unfounded and I'm really not interested in arguing the boxcars and magnified stats of two #5 defensemen.

What I do know is that Andrew Ference, much like Nick Schultz, is absolutely abominable when handling the puck.

The main point is that we're not trading Nick Schultz. So signing Andrew Ference to a contract = or > $3.5M would be an atrocity when you consider what we currently have.

Ference has had the fortune of having himself surrounded by a solid supporting cast throughout the majority of his career. So when you look at his stat column he seems like he'd be a positive addition to our porous defense. But the fact of the matter is that even on a consistent contending team like the Boston Bruins, he is prone to making poor decisions with and without the puck.

And while the addition of a little physicality on the back end sounds mighty appealing, adding it at the expense of having yet another tentative puck-handler on the back end at the price-tag he's likely yielding makes it an easy no-go.

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