Andrew Ference signs four-year deal with the Edmonton Oilers
Edmonton went into the 2013 offseason looking to upgrade its blueline. They grabbed defenseman Darnell Nurse with the No. 7 pick in the draft, and have now dipped into the free agent pool for further upgrades. The Oilers signed former Boston Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference to a four-year deal worth a reported $13M today, as per NHL.com.
Ference, 34, has played in 13 NHL seasons since being drafted in the sixth round of the 1998 Draft by the Pittsburgh Penguins. After spending the first three years of his career with the Penguins, Ference was dealt during the middle of the 2002-03 season to Calgary. He spent the next three-plus years with the Flames, before once again being dealt, this time to Boston in 2007. He’s spent the last six years with the Bruins, winning a Cup with them in 2011.
Now, the Edmonton native is coming to play for his hometown Oilers. Over the course of his 13-year career, Ference has played in 760 NHL games, scoring 37 goals and 193 points to go along with a +6 rating and 645 penalty minutes.