According to RDS’ Ren Lavoie, the Rangers have agreed to a one-year contract worth $700,000 with center Jeff Halpern, age 36.
Not saying this is a bad signing, because Halpern is especially good on faceoffs, and is a penalty killer type.
But … here is a team that was strong on the third and fourth lines and needed top-line help, and so far, nine days into free agency, it has added nothing but fourth and borderline third-line players: Arron Asham, Micheal Haley, Taylor Pyatt and now Halpern.
And I’m quite certain there is some top-line help coming before the summer’s over and the lockout, er, I mean, training camp begins.
Halpern won’t hurt them, especially at that price. But does he really help? Do any of the free agent acquisitions actually help? Halpern started his career with Washington, but since 2006-07 has played for Dallas, Tampa Bay, Los Angeles, Montreal and Washington again.
Still waiting for official word of the signing, by the way.