Yesterday the New York Rangers placed veteran forward Jeff Halpern on waivers, and it was announced today that the Montreal Canadiens had picked him up. Over the summer, the Rangers had signed Halpern to a one-year contract worth $700,000, hoping that he would help fill the roles that were vacated when forwards Ruslan Fedotenko, John Mitchell, and Brandon Prust left the team via free agency.

In Halpern, the Canadiens will get a gritty role player that will contribute on the fourth line. The Canadiens are looking for enough depth to make a deep playoff run, so this is a good pickup for them. He's one of the best face-off men in the league, but perhaps his most important quality is his experience.

Halpern has played in the NHL since the 1999-2000 season, and he's well-known for being a great guy to have in the locker-room as well as a player who leads by example. In fact, Halpern is a former captain of the Washington Capitals. The addition of Halpern will certainly benefit rookies Alex Galchenyuk and Brendan Gallagher, as it adds another experienced player to the roster that can help show them the ropes. Don't look at his stats. He is a much more valuable player than what shows up on the scoresheets.

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