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Ference deal averages $2.25M per year

Updated: March 24, 2010, 8:02 PM ET
By Joe McDonald | ESPNBoston.com

The Boston Bruins locked up defenseman Andrew Ference with a three-year contract extension worth $6.75 million on Wednesday.

Ference, 31, would have been an unrestricted free agent after the 2009-2010 season. Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli called Ference a "real character player" who has been a "stabilizing factor" on the team's defensive unit. He's played a total of 50 games this season, missing 22 due to a groin injury.

"He competes night in and night out, and we really ...

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