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Ference wants new Bruins deal: ‘I’ve put a lot of blood, sweat, and tears into this team’

Feb 12, 2013, 12:05 PM EDT

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On the verge of unrestricted free agency and a month away from his 34th birthday, Andrew Ference is thinking about his future.

“There’s a lot invested emotionally into this team,” the Bruins defenseman told the Boston Globe. “We’ve accomplished a lot. Beyond that, the city is obviously home for us and our family. So it weighs heavily to know where things are at.

“The team has their numbers with what their budget is. They probably have a good idea of where I’m at. It’s a matter of me waiting patiently, I guess.”

After spending the first seven years of his career in Pittsburgh and Calgary, Ference joined the Bruins in 2007 in a trade that saw he and Chuck Kobasew head to Boston in exchange for Brad Stuart and Wayne Primeau.

In 2010, he signed a three-year, $6.75 million extension with the B’s and proceeded to win the first and only Stanley Cup of his career.

It’ll be interesting to see how the Bruins approach Ference’s contract situation. He’s been largely a third-pairing defenseman during his time in Boston, averaging around 18-19 minutes a game while chipping in around 15-20 points per season.

If 2011-12 was any indication, Ference still has plenty in the tank. He scored a career-high six goals and finished with 24 points — third amongst all Boston defensemen.

As for the future…

The Bruins have five NHL defensemen under contract for next season with youngsters Torey Krug, Matt Bartowski and David Warsofsky on the horizon. So there certainly seems to be a spot for Ference, which means the conversation will likely come down to dollars.

So, could a hometown discount come into play? Ference says he’s been thinking about his future a lot lately, and knows one thing — he wants it to include Boston.

“I’ve put a lot of blood, sweat, and tears into this team,” Ference said. “The makeup and the fabric of this room – the environment.

“I’m at a point where there’s more important things in life than a couple extra bucks here or there. If you can have a good family life and live in a good city, it’s pretty tough to put a price on that.’’

  1. odj810 - Feb 12, 2013 at 12:19 PM

    I am one of his biggest fans. One of our most consistent players and a great leader. But there is alot of depth in the pipe line. I wish he could stay but I only see it happening for a 2m/ season deal. 2 yr for 4? I just don’t see him accepting the offer.

    • pepper2011 - Feb 12, 2013 at 12:42 PM

      I think, I hope he’ll stick around for the rest of his career. I see him playing the Recchi role in 5-6 years from now. He’s well respected; will do anything for his teammates and has been well worth his last contract – which I thought they overpaid- I was VERY wrong. Chiarelli has been loyal and values the type of intangibles he brings. Chiarelli really likes this team. I could see him taking a similar contract to stay here. 3y/6.75m. I’m worried about next off season with Bergeron and Seidenberg – both are due hefty raises. Going into next year; Lucic, Krejci and Seguin will all make more than Bergeron- I don’t see that happening and Seidenberg will make less than Boychuck – He’s worth at least 4m/y for his playoff play alone.

      • nunan - Feb 12, 2013 at 1:04 PM

        Bergeron isn’t ever going anywhere. I wouldnt worry…

      • odj810 - Feb 12, 2013 at 1:10 PM

        Agree on all fronts except the seidenberg point. Boychuck is a better D man than Seidenberg. I understand the german can be dominant but for all the crap we give krej and lucic seidenberg is bostons most inconsistent player. Dougie’s strong play and speed has made up for seidenberg getting constantly burned on the outside and getting caught flat footed. Your right.

  2. buckeye044 - Feb 12, 2013 at 12:26 PM

    Good timing.

  3. sabatimus - Feb 12, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    I love how Ference made it all known. His comments come across as amiable yet expressing clearly what he wants. And Ference has done nothing but get better since he was signed.

  4. slatersgators - Feb 12, 2013 at 2:36 PM

    Revision of history is no way to evaluate a player. Andrew is a good teammate, who plays with spirit and heart. However, that is all he brings to the ice. His decision making is awful, his shot is weak, his passing is bad and his positioning (or the lack thereof) is always a problem. He leaves his zone regularly, hanging his partner and the goalie out to dry. If only his talent matched his heart. Time to move on to a better option.

    • sabatimus - Feb 12, 2013 at 6:27 PM

      At least he can take the puck out of his own zone, unlike Mr. Team Captain Zdeno Chara.

  5. wildbillsrodeo - Feb 12, 2013 at 3:02 PM

    Some of the money coming off the books from trading Timmy to the Islanders should go to resigning him

  6. slatersgators - Feb 13, 2013 at 1:21 PM

    Last night’s game is the only answer you need for why he should not be re-signed by the team. He was, as usual, awful. Unable to make a decent pass, poor decision making led to 2 goals. We need to be much better going forward and he is not part of the solution.

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