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from Craig Morgan of Fox Sports Arizona,
Jeff Halpern was playing for TPS Tuurku in Finland when the 2013-2014 NHL season began. He wasn't there for money; he was there to prolong a once-unlikely dream.
"I didn't ask for or want any money in Finland. I just wanted a chance to go get some game action," said Halpern, who hadn't received any NHL offers after playing out his contract in Montreal last season. "A good friend of mine, (former NHL player) Brian Willsie, had a contract with Tuurku, but for tax reasons he couldn't play for the first month, so there was a three-week period where I could go over there and play to try and stay in shape."
Five games into the NHL season, the Coyotes signed Halpern to a one-year, two-way contract to fill their gaping hole at fourth-line center, improve their face-off percentage and help the penalty-killing unit recover from the loss of free agent Boyd Gordon. The 37-year-old "Southerner" got another chance to continue the only profession he ever truly wanted.
"Some guys have to work a little harder to get where they want to go in life," said Coyotes coach Dave Tippett, an 11-year NHL grinder himself. "It's a testament to Halpy's ethic that's he's still around after all this time."
GLENDALE, ARIZONA - Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have signed forward Jeff Halpern to a one-year, two-way contract. As per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Last season, the 6-foot, 190-pound Halpern recorded 1-2-3 and 10 penalty minutes (PIM) in 46 games with the New York Rangers and Montreal Canadiens.
Former NHLer Jeff Halpern has signed with TPS HC in the Finnish Elite League:
Halpern had 3 points in 46 games split between the Rangers and the Canadiens last season. He was claimed off of waivers by the Habs in March.
from Katie Carrera of Capitals Insider,
Jeff Halpern spent this summer just like he has any other, readying himself for a new NHL season with early-morning workouts and a tough skating regimen. But with training camps set to open around the league in less than a week, the veteran center still doesn’t know if he will have a place to play.
The Potomac, Md., native and former Capital became an unrestricted free agent this summer after playing 36 games for the Rangers and Canadiens last year in what was his 13th NHL season. Halpern, 37, isn’t ready for his playing career to end, and even as the days tick off the calendar he remains optimistic that over the next few days he will either sign with a team or be invited to training camp on a professional tryout contract.
“It’s like a game of musical chairs. You’re playing the game and at some point the music stops and there’s nowhere to sit down,” Halpern said Friday. “I enjoy the preparing, skating during the summers — the getting ready is easy. I still know I can play the game, it’s just whether you get an opportunity to prove that point. I wouldn’t say it throws you into thoughts of retirement, but it definitely makes me reflect on a lot of points of my career.”
TSN television is reporting Jeff Halpern has signed with the Washington Capitals.
Shoulder to the jaw?
Carey Price started his ninth game straight in style, making a number of big saves early in leading the Montreal Canadiens to a 5-3 victory over the New York Islanders. The Habs managed to hang on in a dramatic third period in which the teams traded goals back and forth, and Benoit Pouliot missed on a penalty shot. Andrei Kostitsyn capped the scoring with an empty net goal, his fifth in the past five games.
Tomas Plekanec and PK Subban led the way for the Montreal offence, also benefitting from the strong bottom-six play of Jeff Halpern, Mathieu Darche and Benoit Pouliot. Halpern recorded a goal and an assist while Darche also tallied a goal, as Montreal’s checkers brought energy and presence against a gritty Isles offence. Montreal’s power play continued to struggle, lacking presence on the point and a big body down low. The good news: ranked 30th, it literally can’t get any worse.
In any event, the Habs will be back at it against the Islanders on Friday night, this time in New York. Alex Auld is likely to see his first start in net, handing back to Carey Price for a Saturday night tilt in Montreal against the Florida Panthers.
The return of #79
The Canadiens got the job done Saturday night, beating Ottawa 3-0 and securing Carey Price’s first shutout in almost two years (the last, for those wondering, was November 11th, 2008, against those same Senators). This was a good night for Montreal fans, a true team effort highlighted by two goals from Andrei Kostitsyn and, finally, a goal for the hard-working Benoit Pouliot.
Let’s take a look at Montreal’s efforts thus far in the faceoff circle, which currently have them a disappointing 19th league wide. Jeff Halpern has been a pillar of consistency, as expected, and is currently sporting a 60% faceoff win percentage. However, after that, things get dim. Tomas Plekanec checks in at a mediocre 48%, Scott Gomez is just behind him at 47%, and the recently scratched Dustin Boyd is down the ranks at 40%. Occasional centre Max Lapierre checks in at a reasonable 44%.
Jeff Halpern is a solid signing for the Montreal Canadiens (and, finally, the Canadiens have gotten back at the Tampa Bay Lightning for raiding them this summer…sort of, as Halpern ended the year a King). Over my past few blogs, and just this morning, I’d mentioned three or four names as guys I felt would really help the third and fourth line of the team: Bill Guerin, Owen Nolan, Darcy Tucker and Ryan Johnson. Well, Halpern brings less offence than the first two, less grit than Tucker, and less shot blocking than Johnson, but he’s a poor man’s answer for all four – and with less than $2 million in cap room left, the Habs needed a poor man’s answer.
MONTREAL—Montreal Canadiens general manager Pierre Gauthier announced Tuesday the signing of free agent forward Jeff Halpern to a one-year contract (2010-11). As per club policy, financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
Halpern, 34, split the 2009-10 season between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Los Angeles Kings playing a combined total of 71 games and recording 19 points (9 goals, 10 assists). He also amassed 39 penalty minutes while averaging 14:30 of time on ice. Halpern fired 71 shots on the opposing goal, scored two powerplay goals and tallied one game-winning goal.
via Pierre LeBrun tweet today,
Glass hit on Halpern last night in LA definitely blindside shot to the head IMO
Do you agree?
Jeff Halpern of Tampa goes to the Kings per Bob McKenzie on TSN.
added 1:45pm, via Elliotte Friedman tweet,
Halpern deal is for Purcell and a 3rd—according to Tim Wharnsby
from Lightning Strikes,
Jeff Halpern’s knee is responding slowly, and the center likely won’t be back in the lineup before Christmas. When Halpern underwent reconstructive surgery on his right knee, the window for his return was the end of October to the end of December. Seems as if the Lightning is shooting for the later of the dates.
“It’s a big injury,” said Brian Lawton, the Lightning’s vice president of hockey operations. “There was a lot of atrophy.
more on the Lightning…
from Lightning Strikes,
This news release just arrived from the Lightning. No confirmation on the ACL, but the fact that the team is acknowledging surgery is likely would seem to square with the early reports. Here’s the release:
TAMPA BAY - Tampa Bay Lightning center Jeff Halpern has suffered a right knee injury that is expected to require surgery, it was announced by Lightning Executive Vice President & General Manager Jay Feaster.
added 8:10pm, from the CP via TSN,
Tampa Bay centre Jeff Halpern is expected to miss the next six to eight months after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament at the IIHF World Hockey Championship, the Lightning announced Wednesday.
From Mike Heika’s blog at the Dallas Morning News,
Jeff Halpern is responsible for Mike Smith’s injury, but the Stars said it was not a fight. Halpern and Smith were playing ``the rebound game’’ after practice when the two started to get very competitive. Halpern then (they say) accidentally slashed Smith while going for a puck that was in the air. That led to a verbal confrontation which was very heated. I was in the locker room, so I didn’t see it.
Smith is listed as day to day, but the plan is for Turco to take the next four games. With the way the games are scheduled after that, Turco could actually play every game for the rest of October. A lot will depend upon how well he plays and how hurt Smith is.
And from the Stars, this announcement:
Dallas Stars General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today that the club has activated center Mike Ribeiro from the injured reserve list and placed goaltender Mike Smith on injured reserve, retro-active to October 9.