Rangers add veteran forward Halpern
36-year-old has spent has spent 12 years in NHL, playing over 800 games
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New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has agreed to terms with free agent forward Jeff Halpern.
Halpern, 36, skated in 69 games with the Washington Capitals last season, registering four goals and 12 assists for 16 points, along with 24 penalty minutes. He led the team and ranked fifth in the NHL in faceoff winning percentage (58.3%), winning 358 of 614 faceoffs. Halpern tallied an assist while skating in his 800th career NHL game on October 27 at Edmonton.
He recorded four points (two goals, two assists) in a four-game span from December 5 at Florida to December 13 against Philadelphia, including a multi-point effort with a goal and an assist on December 7 at Ottawa. Halpern also skated in two playoff contests.
|Although he was never drafted, Washington native Jeff Halpern went on to a stellar career at Princeton University before beginning NHL career that saw him play in his 800th game during the past season.
The 12-year NHL veteran has surpassed the 40-point plateau four times, and has reached the 20-goal mark twice. Halpern has also ranked in the top 30 in the league in faceoff winning percentage in five seasons.
The 6-0, 200-pounder has skated in 861 career regular season games with the Washington Capitals, Dallas Stars, Tampa Bay Lightning, Los Angeles Kings, and Montreal Canadiens, registering 146 goals and 212 assists for 358 points, along with 607 penalty minutes.
Halpern established career-highs in assists (33) and shots on goal (151) with Washington during the 2005-06 season. In 2003-04, he registered career-highs in points (46) and power play goals (seven), while he notched career-highs in goals (21) and game-winning goals (five) in his second season in 2000-01.
As a rookie in 1999-00, Halpern tallied 18 goals and 11 assists for 29 points, along with 39 penalty minutes and a plus-21 rating with Washington. He ranked sixth among NHL rookies in goals and 15th in points. He also tied for first among league rookies with a plus-21 rating and eighth with four power play goals. Halpern made his NHL debut on October 2, 1999, at Florida, and registered his first NHL point with an assist on October 16, 1999, against San Jose. He notched his first career goal on October 19, 1999, against Anaheim.
In postseason action, Halpern has registered seven goals and six assists for 13 points, along with 31 penalty minutes in 36 career contests with Washington, Dallas, Los Angeles, and Montreal. He established playoff career-highs in assists (three) and points (five) in six games with Washington during the 2001 playoffs. He tied for the team lead in points and goals (two), and tied for second on the team in assists that postseason.
The Washington, D.C. native was originally signed by Washington as a free agent on March 29, 1999.