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In a surprising move late Tuesday night the Rangers made their fourth free agent signing of the summer, reportedly inking 36-year-old Jeff Halpern to a one-year deal.
The big draw of Halpern (no pun intended) is that he won 58.4% of faceoffs in 2011-2012.Â That was a major area of weakness for the Blueshirts a year ago.
With Brad Richards, Derek Stepan and Brian Boyle already on board, the Rangers are set down the middle.Â Barring a trade â€“ and this signing doesnâ€™t mean New York will make one, Halpern is merely a depth player â€“ this move all but ensures that both Brandon Dubinsky and Artem Anisimov will serve as wings next season.
Halpern spent last season with Washington, where he also spent the first six years of his career.Â A veteran of five teams, Halpernâ€™s career is winding down but heâ€™s still an effective depth forward that blocks shots and can play against scoring lines.
Though he only managed four goals and 12 assists in 69 games last season, Halpern tallied 11 goals and 15 assists in 72 games with Montreal the year before, very respectable numbers for a bottom-line center.
Halpern qualifies as a dreaded over-35 signing, but if initial reports are true that he signed a one-year deal, likely for less than $1 million, then this is a relatively harmless contract.
Halpern has averaged just over 12:30 of ice-time over the last two seasons. 1:44 of that came on the penalty kill for the Capitals last year.
However, the Capitals were apparently dissatisfied with Halpernâ€™s play down the stretch and he was a scratch for 12 of the teamâ€™s final 15 games and participated in just two postseason games.
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Just after 9:30 AM this morning, the New York Post's Larry Brooks reportedÂ two-time Washington Capital Jeff Halpern has signed a one-year deal with the New York Rangers for $700,000. Â Halpern, 36, played in 69 games last season with the Caps before being scratched in favor of Jay Beagle in the NHL Playoffs. Â Halpern scored 4 goals and 12 assists during the 2011-12 season...
One year into a massive nine-year contract is a pretty small sample size to determine if the signing of Brad Richards was a win or loss for the New York Rangers.
Though Richardsâ€™ production (25 goals, 41 assists) was a bit disappointing from a numbers standpoint, he still had a massive impact on the Blueshirts this season.Â Itâ€™s too early to make any concrete judgments on his...
The Rangers have needs this summer â€” one specific need, really. They need scoring. It was a struggle at times for the Rangers to score during the playoffs, and you canâ€™t count on Henrik Lundqvist to shut out the other team every game. He is human, after all. But so far the Rangers havenâ€™t signed [...]
Rangers signs Jeff Halpern 1 year / $700 000
â€” Renaud P Lavoie (@RenLavoieRDS) July 10, 2012
Jeff Halpern, 36 years of age, played in 69 games with the Washington Capitals during the 2011-12 season, recording four goals and 12 assists in that time. He's played in the National Hockey League for a total of twelve seasons, spending time in five different cities.
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Last week I reported that GM Glen Sather and the New York Rangers had sincere interest in Phoenix Coyotes captain and current unrestricted free agent Shane Doan. Regardless if the interest was mutual between the two parties, Doan, at the time, would not make a decision on whether or not he will be talking to teams other than the Coyotes about signing a contract that will last him...
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First off, let me just give a huge thank you to Kevin for giving me the opportunity to be a part of THE place for all things New York Rangers on the Internet. Itâ€™s been a part of my daily routine for years and when Kevin announced he might shut down for good, I felt a part of me would be going away. This site spawned may of the others around that are read daily. So, that makes...
Amidst all the hubbub over the Jeff Halpern signing and Rick Nash trade rumors, the Rangers made another depth move this morning, adding 24-year-old defenseman Logan Pyett to the mix.
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The first group was highlighted by Capitals 2010...
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Happy 11 year anniversary to one of the worst moments in Penguins history. The trade of Jaromir Jagr to the Washington Capitals for Kris Beech, Michael Sivek and Ross Lupaschuk.
Some really great stuff about the trade still lives on the internet.
From the PG on that fateful day:
In the deal, announced by Penguins general manager Craig Patrick, the Capitals...
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