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Canadiens claim Halpern off waivers from Rangers

Mar 23, 2013, 1:20 PM EDT

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The Montreal Canadiens are welcoming home a familiar face.

Jeff Halpern was claimed off waivers from the New York Rangers and he’ll go from a team that’s not living up to expectations to one that’s vastly surpassing them.

Halpern played for the Habs during the 2010-11 season and played well for them in a third/fourth line role scoring 11 goals with 15 assists. He’ll likely assume a role on Montreal’s fourth line now as coach Michel Therrien has been using guys like Ryan White and Gabriel Dumont in that role this season.

This season with the Rangers, Halpern has no goals and one assist in 30 games and found himself a healthy scratch recently before being waived. He’s a veteran performer, however, and gives Montreal better depth up the middle.

  1. packerswin96 - Mar 23, 2013 at 1:36 PM

    If he plays close to what he did last time for us then it is a huge upgrade over White, I am liking Dumont’s game so I hope he stays with the big club.

  2. jaredo10 - Mar 23, 2013 at 2:26 PM

    wonder what this means for the ranges. making room for ashem or maybe a trade?

  3. mclovinhockey - Mar 23, 2013 at 5:13 PM

    Wow, the Habs were looking to add a vet for depth up front, now they got one for free. I thought they would be a top 5 team this year… Now they are looking very strong for a deep playoff run..

  4. arbruins - Mar 23, 2013 at 5:26 PM

    Now he just has to complete his Suban diving refresher training class and he is a Hab!

    • habsman - Mar 23, 2013 at 8:11 PM

      Did you see Chara dive vs. Ottawa last game. Classic Bruins. Floppers.

  5. jkaflagg - Mar 23, 2013 at 6:00 PM

    A few years ago the Kings gave Tampa Teddy Purcell and a 3rd round draft pick for 15 games of absolutely nothing from Halpern…..glad to see the Habs have acquired him for his actual value…..

  6. arbruins - Mar 23, 2013 at 8:37 PM

    I remember watching lafleur and Robinson flopping all over the ice…looked like a couple of halibut

    • habsman - Mar 23, 2013 at 8:44 PM

      They weren’t flopping, they were picking up their Stanley Cup rings.

  7. arbruins - Mar 23, 2013 at 8:47 PM

    Touché

    • dolphincult - Mar 23, 2013 at 11:45 PM

      ok bitter bruin, there are many bruin articles for you to jerk it off to…..time to move on. oh thats right you dont wanna read about the leafs tanning you lol

  8. arbruins - Mar 24, 2013 at 8:49 AM

    Funny one, I read the article about my Bs losing…no big deal. They didn’t deserve to win anyhow. Have fun beatin the bishop dolphin boy!

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