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Oiler Sign Andrew Ference - 4 years, $3.25M per
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07-05-2013, 12:06 PM
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Edmonton, AB
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Sure, but huge difference between Chara looking bad and Ference looking bad. With Chara you know he'll come around.
Sometimes you just lose the fight, dude. Chara doesn't need to 'come around.' He just got bested by a better team at the end of a long, hard playoff. The same is true of most of the Bruins. The Hawks were just that good. It happens. Worrying that Ference was a pylon for a few games against what was clearly the best team in the league wouldn't even be that worrisome IF he was the only one.
Let's worry about Ference not being able to handle the Hawks in Game 6 once we're actually in the playoffs. Guys like Ference help you get into the playoffs and they help guide players who've never been there into winners, by playing smart, stable and hard on a regular basis, on and off the ice.
This is a low-risk move. He's making less than Nick Schultz! If it doesn't work, the team survives. Right now, this is one of the best of a very few options. The risk is low - Ference's contract is not gonna keep the Oilers from doing anything in the future. The rewards might be high.
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