I am pretty confident it's legit. I like this move a lot.
Originally Posted by NYRFAN218
He works for NHL.com and the Caps so it should be.
Excellent signing then. He should be really cheap. Great 4th line center, although that means they're thinking Boyle will likely be the 3rd line center for you guys, which I don't necessarily know what to think of yet. Both are great 4th line guys.
Anyway, Halpern's great at what he does. Great PKer and faceoff-man as well as another veteran and leader. If you needed to get better at faceoffs, you got your guy. Halpern won 58.3% and finished fifth in the League in that category.
Adding another depth forward further solidifies this.
Originally Posted by I Eat Crow
This almost certainly means someone's on their way out...right?
No, no it doesn't. Look, with this signing the Rangers now have 13 NHL forwards (14 if you include Haley), which is exactly what they went into last season with. This kind of move would've been made with or without a trade.
So we will roll a 4th line of Boyle-Halpern-Pyatt, and both Rupp and Asham will be healthy scratches? The same Rupp that the organization raves about and Torts loves. If that is the case we are going to have zero enforcers in the lineup and that is not the Rangers way.
I believe we almost had Halpern in a big deal at the deadline, back when Sather first came to the Rangers. I think it was something like Graves, Malholtra etc. for Simon, Halpern etc. Anyway, I like this move a lot, nice to have a go-to-guy on the important draws.
Agreed with the rest of your post, but if Anisimov is still here... I don't want to see him on the wing. It's a big part of the struggles he had last year. He's much, much more effective playing at center, despite his faceoff issues.