ference_cardAs for as cringe factor, Andrew Ference’s postseason groin surgery topped the charts. As it turns out, the best way to allow him to get back into the fold with the Boston Bruins after suffering a slight adductor tear was to just snip it to finish the tear and then let him get to work re-strengthening the area.

And that’s where Ference stands at this point, as he has returned to Boston after three weeks of skating with fellow NHLers in Vernon, B.C. He’s continuing the work he started with a trainer — a specialist in the “core area” — over the summer and hoping to be fully at 100 percent for the 2009-10 season.

After skating with some teammates this morning at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington, Mass., Ference said he feels good and that the surgery allows him to get back to about 98 percent of the strength in the affected area without the potential for future problems.

Offseason tidbit: The leading environmentalist in the NHL, Ference addressed a couple thousand members of Canada’s New Democrat Party a couple weeks ago for close to 12 minutes. See the video below to hear his moving speech.

Position battle: Let the games begin. With Zdeno Chara, Dennis Wideman and Derek Morris penciled in as the Bruins’ top three defenseman, it’s up to Mark Stuart, Matt Hunwick and Ference to determine who will get those second-pair minutes and maybe even some time on the second power-play unit.

Projection: Ference will settle in on the Bruins’ third pair, where his lessened minutes will allow him to stay healthier. He’ll also continue to be a key cog on the Bruins’ penalty kill.

Here’s the video: