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.
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.