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by Paul on 07/31/14 at 06:27 AM ET
from Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic,
Halpern was issued the same clue when the Coyotes signed depth center Joe Vitale earlier this month, but the 38-year-old isn't closing the door on his NHL career. When he was younger, Halpern's criteria in free agency included playing for a contender, setting his family up financially and playing where he lived.
"My views on free agency now, personally, are completely different," he said. "I basically wait for a phone call and then if somebody says we have a contract, I say, 'Whatever your offer is, I'll take less.' "
Both players have been in talks with teams and are optimistic they'll be back in the NHL. Bissonnette, 29, said "things are looking positive" with one team but would consider playing overseas if nothing is resolved by the end of August.
"I definitely think I have a lot more hockey in me," Bissonnette said.
Halpern is just as confident. Time will tell if the NHL agrees.
"It's where I want to be," he said, "so I'm trying to do anything possible to get to that point."
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