Boston Bruins defenseman and B's union player rep Andrew Ference has been at the center of a tempest over the last month since playing a major role in the dismissal of NHLPA Executive Director Paul Kelly on Aug. 31. Ference admitted to WEEI.com Monday afternoon that he's had disagreements with teammates over the firing process during training camp, but isn't worried that any discord will affect Boston's team chemistry during the season. The players had a clear-the-air meeting last week, and Ference felt satisfied that all of their differences had been voiced and then properly stowed away.
“There were questions about the timing of it and whether or not we should have waited until [training] camp and we can have a difference of opinion about that,” said Ference. “It doesn’t mean there’s tension or fighting. But the No. 1 thing that’s misrepresented is about whether or not [Kelly] should have been fired.
“The guys that have the facts say it’s not about that, we agree that [Kelly] had to go. It’s more about the timing and the decision to do it in Chicago instead of training camp. We have very good reasons for that and why we couldn’t wait and why it had to happen based on that meeting. But those are topics that we bring up and it’s a healthy thing to do. But these tensions within the team are a fictional report by a sports reporter. It’s frustrating to read. We talk about it in the locker room and it’s like ‘Gee, where is this coming from?’ It is what it is and it’s ridiculous. But I guess some guys are just going to write what they want to write.”
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