I'm really happy for Ference. I wanted him to go to the Oilers, and he did, so that's good, and he's making a lot of money. He's going to be so good for that locker room and all the young guys are going to love having him around, this guy is the best teammate you could ever ask for, and he's a damn solid defenseman (especially in the playoffs). If there's a questionable hit, he's the FIRST one to come to a teammate's defense and stick up for them. He's a great hockey player and an even better person.
People in Boston are devastated that the Bruins let him walk, even if they knew it was likely coming and it was probably the right decision with the emergence of Krug and Bartkowski. I had tears in my eyes watching his exit interview when he said that Chiarelli told him he wasn't going to be able to keep him, so just know that that's the kind of guy you're getting here.
not fan of this deal. 4 years 2 long. shoulda been a 2 year deal
Ference doesn't sign in Edmonton if we offer him 2 years.
People need to understand that it is the players that are in the driver's seat when it comes to free agency. We needed a defenceman and there were only a couple available via free agency that really would have helped our team out. Other teams are in the same boat so why in the world would Ference sign for 2 years with us when I guarantee there would be another team out there offering 4 years.
We had a choice: Sign a guy for two more years than we want to fill a top 4 role or not sign anyone and hope we fill our needs via trade.
I'm really not concerned about Ference's last two years. Worst case scenario, we buy him out or he becomes a veteran #6 defenceman making too much money. His contract will not have an impact on us keeping our core together.
I love this signing. Boston is my second fave team and Ference was one of my favorite Bruins. He is way underated and brings a lot to the table and never mind great leadership on and off the ice. He was a top 4 D in Boston and he makes the Oilers D better.
Sounds like a great teammate and a committed, consummate pro. I have concerns about the length considering his current age but hopefully his skating and skills will not degrade so quickly, given his alleged fitness. He is definitely one of those character pickups that MacT was signalling for.