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Andrew Ference should be an excellent addition to the Edmonton Oilers blue line this season.
Perhaps the biggest high point for the Oilers' offseason has to be the roster moves they were able to execute.
This started with unloading incumbent captain Shawn Horcoff and his large contract to Dallas and being able to acquire anything in return. Horcoff was a strong captain for the Oilers, but in order to spark a culture change, it was necessary to move him on.
Though Edmonton wasn’t able to land one of the bigger free agents during the offseason, the additions of Andrew Ference, Jason LaBarbera and Boyd Gordon were very strong, if underrated additions.
Ference will be a strong influence on the back end and could help anchor the Oilers blue line. Though his contract may be one year too long, Ference is a proven winner and will be an addition to the team.
Boyd Gordon is also a very underrated addition and should fill the hole left by the departure of Shawn Horcoff. Gordon will be an asset on the penalty kill and will end up taking many significant faceoffs for the Oilers going forward.