The Rangers continued to add veteran depth at the forward position this summer with the announcement Tuesday that the club had agreed to terms with free agent center Jeff Halpern. The 36 year-old veteran of 861 National Hockey League games joins Arron Asham and Taylor Pyatt as experienced forwards signed by the Rangers since July 1st. The younger and less experienced Michael Haley also agreed to a free agent deal with the Rangers this summer.
Halpern is a solid two-way center who excels in the faceoff circle. Last season he won 58.3% of his faceoffs, the fifth best percentage in the league.
Halpern, a 12-year NHL veteran who has played for the Washington Capitals, Dallas Stars, Tampa Bay Lightning, Los Angeles Kings and Montreal Canadiens, notched four goals and 16 points in 69 games with the Caps a year ago. He has reached 40 points four times in his career, netting a career-best 21 goals with Washington during the 2000-01 season.
During the 2005-06 season Halpern served as captain of the Capitals. He was originally signed by the Caps as undrafted free agent out of Princeton University in 1999.
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