For several seasons, the New York Rangers had a centerman who could block shots, make smart defensive plays in his own zone, win face-offs and kill penalties.
As knowledgeable Blueshirts' fans, you probably remember this player as Blair Betts. Betts was a solid Ranger for four seasons, mainly under former head coach Tom Renney.
Believe it or not, the Rangers' may have found a Betts' look-a-like in center Jeff Halpern. Halpern signed a 1-year-deal with the team in the off-season after spending last season with the Washington Capitals.
Halpern, now likely considered a depth player, played 69 games last season and posted 16 points (4 goals and 12 assists). Those numbers may not be great but he will bring some value to the team whenever the league decides to drop the puck. Continue reading "Jeff Halpern: The new Blair Betts of the Blueshirts?"