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Today’s waivers: Halpern (Rangers), Crabb (Caps), Lee (Bolts) and of course, Boychuk (‘Canes)

Mar 22, 2013, 1:24 PM EDT


Just a flurry of waiver wire movement on Friday, so let’s get right to it:

Rangers waive Jeff Halpern

Halpern, 36, has appeared in all 30 games for the Blueshirts this year, recording just one assist while averaging 9:10 TOI per game.

The veteran checking center was mostly used in a penalty killing role this season, averaging over two shorthanded minutes per contest. He also took the fourth-most faceoffs for the Rangers this year, and had the second-highest winning percentage (56.7).

Halpern signed a one-year, $700,000 deal with the Blueshirts last summer after spending last season in Washington.

Lighting waive Brian Lee

Lee, 25, had appeared in 22 games for the Bolts this season but hasn’t played since going minus-3 in a 4-3 loss to Montreal on Mar. 9.

His falling out favor in Tampa Bay coincided with the emergence of rookie defenseman Radko Gudas, and yesterday’s announcement that GM Steve Yzerman had inked highly-touted college free agent Andrej Sustr.

Lee’s in the first year of a two-year, $2.3 million deal — he has an average annual cap hit of $1.15 million. He’s minus-13 this season, and has failed to register a single point.

Capitals waive Joey Crabb

Crabb, 29, has appeared in 26 games this year, recording two goals while averaging 9:25 of ice time. He hasn’t played in either of Washington’s last two games — a 2-1 loss to Pittsburgh and a 4-0 win over Winnipeg — and has gradually seen his role reduced after briefly playing on a line with Alex Ovechkin.

The Caps signed Crabb to a one-year, $950,000 deal last July after his solid 2011-12 campaign — he scored a career-high 11 goals and 26 points while playing for Toronto.

‘Canes waive Zach Boychuk

You can read all about the strange saga of Boychuk here, because I don’t really want to rehash it again. Just know it’s the fourth time he’s been put on waivers in 50 days, and the second time Carolina’s waived him this season.

  1. Stiller43 - Mar 22, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    Did carolina just claim him to try and put him in the ahl system?

    • mathieug79 - Mar 22, 2013 at 1:33 PM

      Sounds like it.

      • f2maestro - Mar 22, 2013 at 1:39 PM

        I wonder how much he’s accrued in moving expenses this year.

  2. mathieug79 - Mar 22, 2013 at 1:39 PM

    Great News for Tampa (Sustr signing), lets hope Brian Lee gets picked up and can become the player he was projected to be!

  3. sportsfreak13 - Mar 22, 2013 at 1:39 PM

    You don’t buy Zach Boychuck, you lease him.

    • f2maestro - Mar 22, 2013 at 1:50 PM

      I wonder if he’s sponsored by Rent-A-Center yet?

  4. quizguy66 - Mar 22, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    Jeez it’s like the owners just wanna keep effin’ with poor Boychuk at this point.

  5. nobandwagoners - Mar 22, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    I am a little surprised to see Halpern waived. Being out West I don’t really hear or see much live action involving Eastern teams. Can anyone shed some light on why he’s being waived? Has his play really dropped that much from a couple of years ago? I thought he was still a good utility center.

    Seeing as how many teams are in need of a 3rd line center, I’d expect someone to snag him, especially given his (relatively) low salary.

    • stakex - Mar 22, 2013 at 2:57 PM

      He has 1 assists, a -5 rating, and all of 13 shots through 30 games. Thats pretty terrible for a guy averaging over 9 minutes a game, which is why hes being waived. Granted, the Rangers as a whole are struggling on offense… but Halpern just hasn’t looked good the last few games and his ice time has been falling (only played three and a half minutes last night).

      Someone who needs a not awful 4th line center might claim him, but his days as a solid 3rd liner seem to be over. At least for now.

    • jkay1818 - Mar 22, 2013 at 2:58 PM

      Coming from a NYR fan, his skills have definitely diminished over the past few years. He hustles, but he provides zero offensive punch. He does a decent job on the kill but they weren’t getting much out of him. Basically their 700k worth. Hustle is good but he provides nothing else.
      Asham is set to return, and believe it or not, he is more capable offensively than halpern is at this point. He also provides more grit and toughness, and can drop the gloves which the rangers can use.
      It also points to all signs being that Kreider is going to remain on the NYR roster so they made some room for him. That and they are in the market for a depth forward and PK guy so they might have something in the works. All 3 factors make halpern expendable.
      To answer your question though, he definitely is a shell of his former self. He definitely didn’t hurt the team, his PK outweighed a lot of things.

  6. edwelsh8 - Mar 22, 2013 at 2:25 PM

    “The Caps signed Crabb to a one-year, $950,000 deal last July after his solid 2011-12 campaign — he scored a career-high 11 goals and 26 points and played a key role in Dale Hunter’s defensive-oriented scheme.”

    Dale Hunter coached the Maple Leafs last season?

    • Mike Halford - Mar 22, 2013 at 2:53 PM

      I gacked it, I gacked it. My bad. Got my Crabb and Beagle mixed up. Updated.

  7. jimw81 - Mar 22, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    Boychuk has been waived more than how many goals Sean Couturier has scored

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