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 long-term injured reserve, which they can still turn to 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 former Stanley Cup champion decides to hang up his skates, he ends his career with 263 points in 1,027 NHL games (including the 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.
Ference is set to undergo hip surgery which will end his season.
Ference is a 15-year veteran with just 225 points in 907 career games. At this stage of his career, Ference can probably wear the leadership hat just as well off the ice as he did on it.
Ference has been placed on injured reserved Monday Jason Gregor of TSN 1260 reports.
Ference was activated off injured reserve a week ago, but never saw any game action and appears to still be dealing with hip issues. He'll be eligible to return whenever healthy, but there's no indication of when that will be at this point.
Ference (undisclosed) was activated off injured reserve by the Oilers on Sunday, Mark Spector of Sportsnet reports.
With Oscar Klefbom out, Ference is expected to draw into the lineup, for the Oilers' next game Monday against the Bruins. He's expected to replace Nikita Nikitin on Monday, though it's not official yet.
Ference (undisclosed) was placed on injured reserve Saturday.
It isn't clear what kind of injury Ference is dealing with, but it's not as if the 36-year-old blueliner's presence on the Oilers' roster will be missed, as he's only suited up for six of Edmonton's 27 games this season, logging an average of 13:04 of ice time in those tilts. The former eighth-round pick can be considered as out indefinitely.
The Oilers have placed Ference on the trade block, reports Edmonton Journal.The Oilers are in the process of trying to trade one or two of their defensemen. Ference could be valuable to a team looking for a veteran presence on the back end of their blue line.
Ference (concussion) will not play Thursday against the Sharks.Though Ference was recently able to resume skating, he has yet to practice with the Oilers yet. With only Saturday's season finale against the Canucks remaining on the Oilers' schedule, it looks like we've seen the last of Ference for 2014-15.
Ference (concussion) skated on his own prior to Saturday's team session.Ference will remain out of the lineup Saturday, but with three games still left on the team's schedule, there's still a chance he could play before the season ends. The Oilers will probably monitor his progress in workouts over the next couple of days before determining if a return this season is feasible.
Ference could join the Oilers for their upcoming games in California, Reid Wilkins of 630 CHED radio reports.The report doesn't state whether or not Ference will actually be able to suit up for either of Edmonton's games in California, but the fact that he may at least join the team for those contests in encouraging news. The Oilers' should provide an update on his status in the coming days.
Ference is out indefinitely with a concussion, Jack Michaels of the Oilers Radio Network reports.With Ference -- who has 14 points in 70 games -- out, it looks like Keith Aulie is slated to skate along with Martin Marincin on the Oilers' second defensive pairing on Wednesday against the Avs.
Ference (upper body) is unlikely to play Wednesday against the Avalanche, Jack Michaels of the Oilers Radio Network reports.
Ference will not return to Monday's game against the Jets after suffering an upper-body injury.Ference will get one day off to rest before he has to assess his injury and determine whether or not he'll be able to play in Wednesday's game against Colorado. In the meantime, he's day-to-day until the Oilers say otherwise.
Ference scored his third goal of the season in Friday's shootout loss to the Blue Jackets.
Ference picked up an assist and went plus-2 in Thursday's win over the Canadiens.It marked the first point in 11 games for Ference, who had also failed to post a positive plus/minus rating in any of those contests. Ference contributes useful totals in the hits and blocks categories, but his lack of scoring to go along a minus-12 rating on the season make him toxic for fantasy purposes.
Ference tallied a goal in Wednesday's overtime loss to the Flames.Any offense the Oilers get out of Ference is gravy, as he was inked to a four-year, $13 million contract in the summer of 2013 to serve as the team's shutdown defender. It's a role he's proven ill-equipped to fill so far during his tenure with Edmonton, which has noticed limited progress in tidying up the play in front of its netminders.
Ference (suspension) will return to the blue line Sunday versus the Rangers, according to the Oilers web site.Ference was suspended three games for an illegal check to the head of Vancouver's Zack Kassian. He will pair with Justin Schultz for the immediate future.