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Oilers add Andrew Ference, six other players, but unfinished work remains

Friday, 07.05.2013 / 12:35 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Oilers add Andrew Ference, six other players, but unfinished work remains

EDMONTON - The Edmonton Oilers are getting more experience on the blue-line after signing defenceman Andrew Ference.

Ference signed for four years and reportedly US$13 million, a hefty raise from his last contract with the Boston Bruins. He would count $3.25 million against the salary cap.

The 34-year-old Edmonton native was a key part of the Bruins' run to the Stanley Cup final, though there was no room for him to return to Boston because of salary-cap issues and plenty of young defencemen coming up through the ranks.

Ference joins a defence corps that includes Justin Schultz, Ladislav Smid and Nick Schultz.

In 760 career NHL games, Ference has 37 goals and 156 assists. He was a part of the Bruins' Cup-champion team in 2011.

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