Since the Rangers have already lost Brandon Prust, John Mitchell, and Ruslan Fedotenko through free agency, Glen Sather this summer has tried to restore the team’s bottom six. He brought in Taylor Pyatt, and now he brings in Jeff Halpern. Halpern inked a one year deal worth $700,000 with the team.
Personally, I like this signing. Halpern brings what the Rangers lost in Prust. He can kill penalties and more importantly he can take face offs. With Halpern now being the best face off man on the team, Brian Boyle now doesn’t have to take every single defensive zone draw. That was a problem in the playoffs, and now that problem is solved.
Halpern also brings certain intangibles like leadership, and he brings experience. Most importantly Halpern is a John Tortorella kind of player, and he should have no problem fitting in under his new bench boss. This is pure speculation, but I feel that Halpern is a player that Tortorella wanted to get on the team.
Some people in Ranger land are complaining about not getting a scorer, but it’s these little signings that can make all the difference in the end. The Rangers can still swing a trade even with this signing so there isn’t anything to worry about. Halpern adds depth, and that’s something every winning team needs.