Earlier 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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
In the latest issue of The Hockey News, with Seth Jones and Nathan Mackinnon on the cover, they write about how Rick Nash grabbed all the headlines in the offseason, but the signing of Jeff Halpern was also very valuable to the Rangers.
“Bringing in Jeff Halpern addresses another of the team’s deficiencies: faceoffs. Halpern ranked fifth overall last season at 58.3%. The Rangers were 50% (tied for 18th). Brad Richards and Brian Boyle were tops on the team at 51.8% each.”
CLICK HERE to see what a Capitals fan says Halpern will bring to the Rangers.
Jeff Halpern was on Ottawa Radio earlier in the week.
- He doesn’t know what kind of coverage the lockout is getting because his TV isn’t hooked up yet.
- On the lockout and what he is hearing from the players, “04-05 was the worst experience anyone in pro sports can have. I went to Switzerland, left and then went back. I don’t think until the season actually got canceled did we think it would actually happen. The major landscape of the business now is different.”
- “There should be enough money for everyone to be happy in some way.”
- On the Rangers, “I look at everyone one of these years as a great opportunity and with the Rangers, they are in a great position to win a championship. I was pretty excited to get started with New York. Any player, any team, any fan wants to get ready as this time of year,”
- Halpern says that on paper this is the best team that he has played for. “This is probably the best group I have been with. My first year in Dallas I thought we had a good team but this is the best I have been with.”
- On going to Europe, Halpern said that he will need to compete at some level and it will either be skating in NY or in Washington or going to Europe.
On February 26, 2008 the Tampa Bay Lightning traded Brad Richards as part of a package to Dallas and in return Tampa received a package of players that included Jeff Halpern.
From 2000 to 2006 though, Halpern and Richards were division rivals with Halpern in Washington and Richards in Tampa.
They played against each other 31 times in that stretch and Halpern told Blueshirts United “You learn to hate guys like that, but as soon as you walk into a hockey locker room the past is in the past and it’s pretty easy to get on board.”
Six of those games came in the 2003 playoffs when Halpern and Washington won the first two games of the series and dropped the next four.
Halpern has said that he is looking forward to playing under John Tortorella.