Re: Bruins are trying to sign Ference to new contract
posted at 8/24/2012 12:25 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Bruins are trying to sign Ference to new contract
[QUOTE]If one of them does that well that they deserve the slot come mid-season, trade Ference for whatever help is needed at the time.
Posted by Not-A-Shot[/QUOTE]
Exactly. There would be a market for Ference. Solid D-man with a bit of offense who is a good character guy. Only way they could botch it is with a bad contract.
At this moment, it would be unnecessarily risky to part with a solid contributer to roll the dice with an unproven guy. For any of these AHL'ers, look for them crack the line-up when the inevitable injuries come. They will need to prove they can handle the load before you can part with a d-man.
Edit: Just browsing through the past few years of stats, I think I over-estimated Ference's contributions.
2011-2012: 3rd defensemen in points-per-game (ignoring torey krug 2GP)
2010-2011: 7th defensemen in points-per-game
2009-2010: 6th defensemen in points-per-game
2008-2009: 4th defensemen in points-per-game
2007-2008: 4th defensemen in points-per-game
2009-2010: 9th (brutal, -7)
2007-2008: 10th (dead last, -14)
Time on Ice per game
Special Teams (Powerplay TOI/G Rank and shorthanded TOI/G Rank)
2011-2012: 5th and 4th
2010-2011: 6th and 4th
2009-2010: 5th and 4th
2008-2009: 3rd and 3rd
2007-2008: 4th and 3rd
So subjectively, you can notice that Ference is at best a 3rd defensemen, but far more often he's the 5th defensemen on the team (4.76), and occasionally much worse. Just browsing some more stats now, but he doesn't even hit or block shots any better than 4th-5th on the team for d-men. His giveaway:takeaway ratio is probably the worst among all defensemen.
Chara: 6.5 million per
Seidenberg: 3.25 million per
Boychuck: 3.36 million per
Adam Mcquaid: 1.56 million per
Ference: $2.25 million
I don't know where I'm going with all these numbers, I admit I'm a bit lost, but I guess I just feel he hasn't deserved a raise, perhaps even a slight pay-cut to ~2 million or south of that. None of his contributions are impressive to me outside of the locker-room, and we have plenty of character-guys already so that should not translate into extra $$.
I'll be o.k. with anything but a pay-raise.