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Oiler Sign Andrew Ference - 4 years, $3.25M per
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07-05-2013, 08:48 PM
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I'm not going to say that we don't need a Ference, because we certainly could use him. However, we overpaid just a bit & the term is way too long. He will be signed here until he's nearly 40 years old. For the money we gave him, it would have been reasonable for MacT to cut the term in half. Who knows, he probably did and Ference just didn't budge.
Ference just turned 34 and will have turned 38 (in March) at the end of the 4th year of this contract.
Sure it was 1 year to long but thats the nature of the beast.
Show me 1 value signing today....that type of contract doesn't exist when it comes to the 1st day of Free Agency.
This team lacked top 4 dmen and also lacked character and toughness.
Ference allows all 3 of those columns to be checked off.
Just like Gordon, Ference was more expensive than he should have been but both players bring qualities this team was lacking in.
Also, Edmonton will always have to over pay for FA's (1st day of FA or not)....thats just a reality that Oiler fans have to live with.
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