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03-26-2010, 03:18 PM
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Los Angeles
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Not taking any sides here, but isn't that more of an afterthought?
I mean since Halpern really hasn't contributed to anything else other than PK (I'll give him some credit but not a whole lot) that is. I don't think there was any mention from kings management stating that Halpern was a PK specialist and that was the primary reason for him being brought in. If anything, they mentioned "leadership" and "depth" not really a PK specialist.
I thought I'd just point that out.
Anyhoo, go back to what you were doing.
Very much a forethought.
From March 3rd,
"The one thing (Halpern) does, is he addresses a lot of needs" Lombardi told Heidi Androl. "He can play center, wing, he's good on faceoffs, he kills penalties. It gives us a lot of versatility." Lombardi admitted Halpern was a player he had targeted early in the process.
With the Kings ranked 23rd on the penalty kill, Lombardi felt he needed an upgrade. "It was one of the things we were looking for. He certainly fit that description."
A question from Hammond to Murray on the same day:
Question: Halpern is known to be a good penalty killer.
Lombardi on Halpern, from March 3rd as well:
Halpern was a guy we had targeted well before the break, even, as a possibility. He can do a lot of things. He can do everything from play your fourth-line center to go up — as he did with Tampa Bay — and play on a line with Lecavalier and Malone, because he’s a smart player. He obviously has some experience. He has worn letters in other organizations, so he has shown leadership, and he’s good on faceoffs,
he can kill penalities
and he’s a smart player. So if you put those things together, we thought we would like to upgrade in that area. Like I said, he can do everything from a fourth-line center to move up,
and it gives you a penalty killer.
Murray on Halpern from March 3:
“Jeff Halpern has been a pretty good player in this league. He’s a guy who is going to bring a lot of intensity, a lot of hard work. He’s a special-teams player.
So I guess the answer to your question: "Isn't that more of an afterthought?" would be 'no'.
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