Thread: Confirmed with Link: Rangers sign Jeff Halpern (1 year @ 700K)
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07-09-2012, 10:24 PM
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Originally Posted by Jaromir Jagr View Post
While you may be right for replacements, there is hints to a move in this deal. Halpern was out of nowhere and was not necessary considering the lineup a few hours prior to now.

Halpern is a 4th line C. We have a 4th line C - Boyle, who now seems to be slotted for the 3rd line (which isn't all that grand considering he is putrid offensively).

Before Halpern:

Richards
Stepan
Anisimov
Boyle

After Halpern:

Richards
Stepan
Anisimov
Boyle
Halpern

Prerequisite? Definite possibility. Don't be so quick to deem otherwise.
Halpern wasn't on whose radar a few hours ago? Ours? These kinds of signings come out of nowhere every single year. And 90% of them are accompanied by "this is a precursor"... and only about 5% of those are actually precursors. I'm not saying it's not a possibility, but it's unlikely that bringing in Halpern has anything to do with bringing in another player.

Also, Halpern, Boyle and Anisimov all play wing. This isn't tic-tac-toe here. Guys will slot in where they slot in. If Richards, Stepan, Anismov and Boyle all stay at center, Halpern will either be in the press box or on the wing.

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