Read: Why Jeff Halpern Isn’t a Ranger Anymore

HalpernEarlier today, the Montreal Canadiens claimed Jeff Halpern on waivers from the Rangers.

John Tortorella said after practice that the move was made to give the Rangers some flexibility and “this is where it falls. We wish him the best, he is a good man.”

Aaron Asham told Ranger Rants that Montreal picked up a “helluva player.”

Adam Rotter: I like Halpern and think he was a nice fourth line player for the Rangers, but you can’t have two bottom six/fourth line centers who play similar roles and have combined for one goal. Brian Boyle has more of a history with the team to draw on them Halpern and Halpern is an attractive player at $700K. It opens up a spot on their reserve list to bring in a guy like Mats Zuccarello, or a college free agent, or gives them more space when it comes to making trades.

News: Jeff Halpern Claimed By Montreal

The Montreal Canadiens have claimed Jeff Halpern off of waivers from the Rangers.

Renaud Lavoie said that there was a lot of interest in Halpern as a player on waivers.

Halpern being claimed gives the Rangers an open spot on their reserve list of 50 players.

He played for Montreal in 2010.

Halpern signed with the Rangers over the summer and has played in all 30 games for the Rangers this season and has one assist while averaging 9:09.

He is 56% on faceoffs, is a minus five and has 36 hits.

News: Rangers Place Jeff Halpern On Waivers


12:34PM: Larry Brooks tweets that this could indicate that Arron Asham is ready to return on Sunday or that the Rangers will call up another player.

12:08PM: Darren Dreger tweets that the Rangers have placed Jeff Halpern on waivers.

Last night against Florida, Halpern played 3:41 and had one shot on goal.

Halpern has played in all 30 games for the Rangers this season and has one assist while averaging 9:09.

He is 56% on faceoffs, is a minus five and has 36 hits.

Read: The New Guys Not Named Rick Nash Are Going To Fit In

In the Daily News, Pat Leonard writes about the Rangers new players who aren’t named Rick Nash.

He writes about how Arron Asham, Taylor Pyatt and Jeff Halpern will need to replace players like Ruslan Fedotenko, John Mitchell and Brandon Prust.

Brian Boyle praised the competitiveness of Jeff Halpern and said that these guys know their roles and add to the overall depth of the team, “these are guys who work and do whatever the team needs them to do. And that’s what you want.”

Halpern added that a guy like Taylor Pyatt is who every team needs since he is a big guy who can control the puck. Halpern added “those are the kind of guys you need.”

On his game, Pyatt said “I play that grinding style that can be effective in the playoffs and hopefully in a shortened season like this one.”

Read: Jeff Halpern Is Opening A Donut and Fried Chicken Shop

In a story in the Washington Post, Tom Siestema writes that Jeff Halpern, along with a childhood friend and business partner, are opening up a carryout restaurant called Astro Doughnuts and Fried Chicken in downtown Washington.

They hope to open the restaurant by the Presidential Inauguration in January.

The story says that Halpern and his friend Elliot Spaisman have loved donuts since they were kids and would follow hockey practices with boxes of donuts from Montgomery Donuts.

The donuts will be made in many flavors including, Creme brulee, passion fruit, maple-bacon and carrot cake.

The fried chicken will be served in one of three ways, buttermilk, siracha glaze or a dry rub of spices.