Andrew Ference signs 3-year extension

It's official -- Peter Chiarelli has lost his mind.

The Bruins announced today that oft-injured defenseman Andrew Ference to a 3-year extension worth $2.25mil per year. In three full seasons with Boston, Ference has yet to crack the 60 games played mark, playing 59 games in 2007-2008 and 47 games last season. Should he play in every game for the remainder of this season, Ference will have played exactly 60 games.

Over those three years, Ference has a total of 2 goals and 37 assists to go along with a -14 rating. He will also undergo groin surgery in the offseason for the second consecutive year.

This extension means that Peter Chiarelli will have handed out $11.25mil in extensions to incredibly mediocre players (Andrew Ference, Tim Thomas, Milan Lucic) to go along with the awful contracts of Dennis Wideman ($3.875 thru 2012) and Michael Ryder (4.00 thru next season).

Whatever excitement was created with consecutive victories over the Rangers and Thrashers to help solidify the Bruins playoff spot is now gone with the news that once again Peter Chiarelli has hindered the future of the Boston Bruins by giving too much money to a guy that has shown no reason why he deserves it. Normally I would wait until the draft to make such a claim, but after the horrific Tim Thomas contract that he's already looking to unload, the unnecessary Milan Lucic contract, the inactivity at the trade deadline and the newly announced Andrew Ference extension, I am no longer behind Peter Chiarelli as Bruins General Manager and it is my hope that they remove him from said position and go with somebody that is able to gauge market value in the offseason.