Mar. 31, 2013; Buffalo, NY, USA; Boston Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference (21) skates with the puck against the Buffalo Sabres at First Niagara Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Boston Bruins' Andrew Ference Will Become A Free Agent

One of the possible defensemen targets for the Carolina Hurricanes will be available on July 5th as Comcast Sportsnet North East reports that Andrew Ference will not re-sign with the Boston Bruins and will instead test the free agent market.

Ference plays a strong defensive game, excels in shot-blocking and can supply a bit of offense. This past season he averaged just over 19 minutes of ice time per game.

Andrew Ference and Joni Pitkanen could be a strong pairing in Carolina. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The former Calgary Flame made $2.25 million with the Bruins in the last three seasons and may look for a modest raise; most likely somewhere in the $3 million-$3.5 million range. Ference is also 34-years-old and should not be signed to anything over three years.

But he would make a difference on a Canes roster that features so many offensive defensemen. Ference would most likely be able to play in the top four and is mobile enough to play with a defenseman like Joni Pitkanen.

It would not be a bad idea for the Hurricanes to trade for Ference’s rights. He’ll be a sought-after player in free agency and getting a few extra days to negotiate a contract with him would only help the Canes. The cost for his rights also figures to be cheap – teams know Ference will not be re-signing with the Bruins, which will lower his cost.

If the Canes do not pursue Ference in free agency or otherwise, other targets could be Rob Scuderi and Douglas Murray.

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