Jeff Halpern (Claimed by Montreal)
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03-22-2013, 04:45 PM
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Elmira NY
Halpern is fine for face-offs and penalty killing but the 3rd and 4th lines have produced almost nothing offensively--and have not been very good on the forecheck. IMO--they've been momentum killers. A guy like Halpern is a 36 year old veteran. IMO we'd be better off with someone younger from Hartford if he can slot into a pk role and provide more youthful enthusiasm. Anyway just because he's waived doesn't mean he's going anywhere. Unless someone grabs him I suspect he's going to remain with the team for at least the next couple weeks.
Going forward--if this team continues to underachieve the way it has so far--I think there will or should be a number of other players who walk the plank.
For instance, as of now I'd seriously be considering using our second buyout option on Richards over the summer. Pyatt and Boyle--two other underachieving veteran bottom 6 forwards would also be on their way out and I'd be exploring Gaborik as well.
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