Ference (hip) will hang up his skates following a 16-year NHL career. Ference spent the entire 2016-17 season on long-term injured reserve due to a hip injury, but with his contract officially expired, he'll step away. The blueliner played for Pittsburgh, Calgary, Boston and Edmonton over the course of his 16-year career, racking up 43 goals, 182 helpers and 753 PIM over 907 games. The 38-year-old also saw action in 120 playoff contests, totaling 38 points and securing a Stanley Cup championship in 2011 with the Bruins.
Ference (hip) was designated for long-term injured reserve Friday. The Oilers have been holding onto this card since the start of training camp, as the team will now be able to maximize the amount of cap savings they receive based on Ference's contract, approximately $3.1 million according to CapFriendly.com. The veteran will likely ride out the year and then retire once his contract expires.
Ference (hip) was placed on injured reserve Wednesday, Jason Gregor or TSN 1260 reports. Ference failed his physical heading into training camp and could be contemplating retirement. The Oilers are maintaining some salary cap flexibility by keeping the blueliner on regular IR, rather than designating him for long-term injured reserve, which they can do down the road if necessary. Fantasy owners should not expect the 37-year-old to lace them up this season, but stranger things have happened.
Ference (hip) failed his physical Friday and is expected to be placed on long-term injured reserve, Jim Matheson of edmontonjournal.com reports. At 37 years old and coming off major hip surgery in January, Ference expectedly failed his medical exam, likely spelling the end of his 18-year career. If the Stanley Cup Champion indeed decides to hang up his skates, he ends his career with 263 points in 1027 NHL games (including playoffs).
Ference (hip) admits that his career is most likely finished, Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal reports. After undergoing hip surgery in January, the 37-year-old defenseman will report to Oilers training camp, where he is expected to fail his physical and be placed on long-term injured reserve, effectively ending his career. Ference won the Stanley Cup in 2011 with Boston, and tallied 169 points (28 goals, 141 assists) in 656 career NHL games.
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