Andrew Ference signs with Edmonton

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Andrew Ference is officially an ex-Bruin.

The former alternate captain was one of the first unrestricted free agents to find employment on Friday. Ference signed a four-year, $13.5 million contract with Edmonton, his hometown club. The 34-year-old Ference will be 38 upon the conclusion of his deal.

Ference scored four goals and nine assists in 48 regular-season games while averaging 19:29 of ice time per appearance. In the playoffs, Ference was paired with Johnny Boychuk on the No. 2 duo.

Ference should be a second-pairing defenseman for the Oilers. He will be just as important in the dressing room. Ference will be a go-to presence for Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Jordan Eberle, Nail Yakupov, and Justin Schultz, Edmonton’s bright young stars.

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