Andrew Ference has followed along with his team very closely this summer. The entire league has.
Perhaps no team in the NHL has seen such an overhaul in personnel both on and off the ice. The additions and changes have been talked about a lot this summer and so much so that Ference is ready to stop talking and start doing.
“You talk, talk, talk, talk and it gets kind of old to be honest,” said Ference. “There is always optimism. With every single team I’ve been on, this time of year brings optimism. There has to be action and there has to be legitimate change in the way we’ve done things.”
Ference’s call for action stems from his desire to win and do so in Edmonton. Yakupov, who is also skating in the same camp had a similar sentiment last week talking about needing every player to come together and work hard. The players are on the same page.
“Everybody has to dig deeper and be a little bit more prepared,” said Ference. “That has to be throughout the entire organization. It can’t just be one or two guys having a better year. I think all of us really have to dig deep and not just talk about how we want it to change but really go out there and put some solid action behind it.”
Personnel changes alone don’t win championships. How those pieces come together and compete this season and in the future will determine the success of the club.