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07-06-2013, 11:57 AM
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Originally Posted by KarmaPolice View Post
I really like this signing. Not sure if it's been mentioned, but Ference averaged the 3rd most ice time of all Bruins this past playoffs (24:31 per game), behind only Chara and Seidenberg. If he's a legit top 4 D for the Bruins, pretty safe to say he will be for the Oil.
It doesn't always work that way, though. Having a Chara in the lineup allows you to give other guys more structured roles, allows them to play with less pressure, and a result they end up being generally more effective.

We saw the same thing here when Pronger was around. Did Smith, Spacek or Bergeron ever play better than they did in 2006? Thank Pronger's puck skills (Smith), and ability to soak up tough minutes (Spacek, Bergeron) for that.

I'm a fan of this signing, but I am a little worried that, in the absence of a 30-minute monster, Ference is going to be asked to do too much and ends up struggling.

God knows this franchise has not been good at putting players in positions to succeed over the last decade-and-a-half.

I'm still hoping we get Coburn. Obviously he's not Pronger or Chara, but I think the addition of him AND Ference would give Eakins a lot of options to distribute the tough minutes between four guys who can handle them (N.Schultz too, to a lesser degree).

Petry-Smid
Coburn-Ference
Schultz-Schultz

I think that's a D that could get you into the eighth spot.

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