Andrew Ference will be moving on from the Boston Bruins, CSN New England’s Joe Haggerty is reporting.
Ference, 34, is a pending unrestricted free agent coming off a three-year, $6.75 million contract. With the salary cap falling to $64.3 million and young d-men Dougie Hamilton, Torey Krug and Matt Bartkowski expected to be regulars in the Boston lineup next season, there isn’t room to sign the veteran who won a Stanley Cup with the B’s in 2011.
“With the current cap, [Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli] is not going to be able to keep me,” said Ference. “He’s got to re-sign [goalie Tuukka Rask] and obviously do his side of the business.”
The Bruins also have veteran blue-liners Zdeno Chara, Dennis Seidenberg, Johnny Boychuk, and Adam McQuaid under contract through at least next season.