Originally written on NESN.com  |  Last updated 2/12/13

GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 17: Andrew Ference #21 of the Boston Bruins watches from the bench during the NHL game against the Phoenix Coyotes at Jobing.com Arena on October 17, 2009 in Glendale, Arizona. The Coyotes defeated the Bruins 4-1. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Andrew Ference has been a member of the Bruins since the 2006-07 season, and that tenure is in risk of coming to an end. The veteran defenseman who has been through plenty of ups and downs in the Bruins organization  is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer. Ference has become something of a staple on and off the ice for the Bruins, and he says he wants to continue that relationship by re-signing with the club at some point. “I’ve put a lot of blood, sweat and tears into this team,” Ference told The Boston Globe. “The makeup and the fabric of this room — the environment.” It’s true, too. Ference goes out of his way to defend teammates, and his leadership, by all accounts, has been instrumental in the Boston dressing room. However, his three-year, $6.75 million contract is set to expire following this season. It’s not unrealistic to think that Ference, who will turn 34 next season, won’t return. The Bruins have good depth on the blue line in their organization, and that might make the B’s more willing to let Ference walk. If he had his preference, though, he certainly wants to remain in Boston, where he’s become one of the most active athletes in the community in addition to what he’s done for the club. “There’s a lot invested emotionally into this team,” Ference told the Globe. “We’ve accomplished a lot. Beyond that, the city is obviously home for us and our family. So it weighs heavily to know where things are at. The team has their numbers with what their budget is. They probably have a good idea of where I’m at. It’s a matter of me waiting patiently, I guess.” Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli has made a habit of re-signing players before they get to free agency, but he’s done with some of the club’s younger players. However, Chiarelli has made it known that he wants to keep this core together, a core that Ference obviously plays a big part in. That could help the two sides come to a deal, as could Ference’s desire to stay in Boston, even if it costs him some money. “At least I’m at a point where there’s more important things in life than a couple of extra bucks here or there,” he told the paper. “If you can have a good family life and live in a good city, it’s pretty tough to put a price on that.” Ference has two assists in 10 games so far this season.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Rex Ryan takes subtle jabs at Jets' upper management

Everett Golson responds to Paul Finebaum's criticism

Mark Sanchez says it ‘crazy’ to call Chip Kelly racist

Malcolm Butler daring Brady to throw his way in practice

Geno Smith confident worst is behind him and the Jets

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Ronda Rousey knocks out Bethe Correia in 34 seconds

Von Miller earns dismissal from NFL’s drug program

Ian Kennedy watches birth of daughter on FaceTime before start

Matt Williams wants Bryce Harper to stop getting ejected

Five most underrated players in the NFL

Larry Lucchino stepping down as Red Sox CEO

WATCH: Benches clear during Royals-Blue Jays game

Jim Harbaugh gives Nicki Minaj a shoutout on Twitter

The Kardashian sisters still call Caitlyn Jenner 'Bruce'

Tennessee fan recreates Neyland Stadium in backyard

Lolo Jones: I could last at least a minute against Rousey

Bears have very strict rules for media during training camp

Jamaal Charles: I feel like I'm the LeBron James of football

Ronda Rousey: I'll fight Cyborg if she stops taking steroids

Danny Garcia beats Paulie Malignaggi, remains undefeated

Bobby Wagner, Seahawks agree to contract extension

Blount won't talk about reported failed conditioning test

Greg Hardy helps pay Cowboys fans to fly anti-Eagles banner

NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Rex takes jabs at Jets' management

Sanchez: It's 'crazy' to call Chip racist

Ronda Rousey calls out Cyborg

Five most underrated players in the NFL

Five potential NFL salary cap casualties this preseason

Winners and losers of the 2015 MLB trade deadline

Pirates do Pirates at deadline: Neat little moves

Mets acquire Cespedes from Tigers

Ranking the NFL’s 32 head coaches

Five worst baseball trades since 2000

Examining the state of the NFL

Puig: Broke out of slump by playing baseball video games

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker