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July 6, 2013

Oilers sign Ference away from Bruins

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The Edmonton Oilers have signed former Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference to a four-year deal.

Ference’s deal is reportedly worth $13 million, and he would count $3.25 million against the salary cap.

The 34-year-old Edmonton native was a key part of the Bruins’ run to the Stanley Cup final, though there was no room for him to return to Boston because of salary-cap issues and plenty of young defensemen coming up through the ranks.

Ference joins a defense corps that includes Justin Schultz, Ladislav Smid and Nick Schultz.

In 760 career NHL games, Ference has 37 goals and 156 assists. He was a part of the Bruins’ Stanley Cup championship team in 2011.

The Oilers also signed former Coyotes, center Boyd Gordon and goalie Jason Labarbera.

Gordon signed a three-year deal. He spent last two seasons in Phoenix. He has 122 points in 486 games with Washington and Phoenix.

Labarbera signed a one-year contract. The veteran backup spent the last four seasons with the Coyotes.

The Oilers later added former New York Islanders forward Jesse Joensuu to a two-year deal. The native of Finland has eight goals and seven assists in 67 career games.

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