Canadiens sign FA forward Halpern

The newest Canadien, Jeff Halpern (left) faces off with Saku Koivu during game in 2009. Allen McInnis, Gazette file photo

The Canadiens have signed free-agent forward Jeff Halpern to a one-year deal.

The Gazette’s Pat Hickey, always well-connected, reports the deal is worth $600,000 for the year. Halpern earned $2 million last season.

This brings the team’s roster up to the limit: 23 players, including 13 forwards.



Important Jeff Halpern facts:

• RH shot

• Two seasons removed from 20 goals

• Bum knee that was wrecked at the 2008 Worlds

• Team USA pal of Scott Gomez and Brian Gionta

• Princeton is not chopped liver; Halpern is a heady vet and a leader who will be a positive influence on younger players … even though his addition to the roster means Max-Pac or Ryan White or whoever will have to have a lights-out training camp to make the team 

And he’ll take one for the team:


Here’s the team’s release:

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

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.

6’0 and 203 lbs centreman completed his 10th NHL season in 2009-10. The Kings
acquired him from Tampa Bay at the NHL trading deadline on March 3, 2010, in
return for centre Teddy Purcell and a third round pick in the 2010 NHL Entry

Since he first joined the NHL in 1999-00, Halpern has amassed 316
points (131 goals, 185 assists) in 720 regular season games with Washington,
Dallas, Tampa Bay and Los Angeles. He totaled 554 penalty minutes, scored 28
powerplay goals and nine shorthanded goals. He also added 12 points (6 goals, 6
assists) and 27 penalty minutes in 30 career playoff match-ups.

A native
of Potomac, Maryland, Halpern is a graduate of Princeton University in the
Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference. In four seasons with the Tigers, he
registered a total of 142 points (60 goals, 82 assists). He led the league in
goal scoring during the 1997-98 and the 1998-99 seasons. He was named to the
ECAC Second All-Star Team both years.


  1. Kooch7800 says:

    He will be up for sure.  He is  grinder with experience over young grinders with no or little experience.  He will be on the habs next year.  Not  a ton of room for new comers.  Crazy part is I think Boyd is getting a mill a season

  2. tophab says:

    halak would have stayed for the same as price but them smart guys did not make him an offer . idiots

  3. Bill J says:

    Unverified, but

    $600,000.00 is in fact less expensive.

    Cammalleri for Team Captain!

  4. Everlasting1 says:

    The truth is ‘business’ can be fraught with mismanagement, personal, and largely unfair. Therefore excuses for unloading Halak, Moore, and SK74 become mute points.



     Don’t pollute the water.

  5. Bill J says:

    Crazy people think others are crazier then they are…. Perhaps explains a few things about you.

    Cammalleri for Team Captain!

  6. Bill J says:

    Moron ? lmfao  Stop looking at yourself in the mirror when you type, you’re confusing yourself.

    And EVEN WITH the comparison dingbat.  Does it make sense to compare it ?

    Perhaps only to Troll’s like yourself.

    Now run along to mommy.

    Cammalleri for Team Captain!

  7. slapshot777 says:

    This only proves your useless comments means nothing without facts.

    Halak  $ 3.75  Cap Hit

    Moore  $ 1.10 Cap Hit

    Total   $ 4.85  Cap Hit  for the next two (2) seasons


    Price  $ 2.75   Cap Hit

    Halpren $ 0.600 Cap Hit

    Boyd  $ 0.650  Cap Hit

    Auld  $ 1.0  Cap Hit

    Total  $ 5.0 Cap Hit for one season

    I think if you look at the players involved and the gripping you have done about PG and BG you will see that they have done a good job in managing the Cap 4 players for $ 5 million while the two they removed off of the roster netted $ 4.75 million and that ids for 2 year minimum. While after this season has it stands the Habs only have $ 2.75 million for next season.



    To you from failing hands we throw the torch, be yours to hold it high.

  8. gatorhabs says:

    Your truth doesn’t necessarily mix well with another’s truth. 

  9. Everlasting1 says:

    He was tallying THIS YEAR’S cap moron. And that’s how it should be looked at. School’s out and you failed.



    Don’t pollute the water.

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