The team's former captain had played in just six games this season - 0-0-0, -4, 6 PIM - and only one since October. Now we know that we won't be seeing him again this season as he will undergo hip surgery.
What exactly this means for the Oilers next year is unclear right now. Ference might have been a buyout candidate but if he's injured that won't be possible. Maybe the injury will linger next season and he'll spend all of next season on the LTIR.
Inch by inch the Oilers are starting to get healthy. Connor McDavid is skating with the team, and now news that Nail Yakupov is on pace to return to the lineup before the All-Star break. Now the team just needs to stay healthy for a little while.
If you're keeping track at home, Jordan Eberle joins, Justin Schultz, Rob Klinkhammer, Matt Hendricks, and Griffin Reinhart on the injured reserve.
And just to keep you on you toes, Joey LaLeggia and Tyler Pitlick are on their way back to Bakersfield.