Free agency officially kicked off this morning making today one of the busiest days of the year. The Oilers have been one of the NHL’s busy teams this morning signing free agents, Andrew Ference, Boyd Gordon, and Jason LaBarbera.
Andrew Ference is coming off of a Stanley Cup run with the Boston Bruins and is 34 years old and signed a contract for four years worth $13 million. The cap hit will be $3.25. Ference is still a solid defender and will be a good edition to the Oiler’s blue line. The only problem being, that Ference will be 38 at the time the deal is up.
Boyd Gordon will bring added depth to the Oilers at the center position. Gordon spent seven seasons in Washington, and the last two seasons in Phoenix. Gordon has 122 points in 486 career games. The contract is for three years.
The Oilers were also able to grab Jason Labarbera from the Phoenix Coyotes as well as Gordon. Labarbera will serve as Devan Dubnyk‘s backup for this season after signing a one year contract with Edmonton.