Been wanting the Rangers to get Halpern for years. It's not quite the same at this point in his career, but it's still a very solid signing. Faceoffs were a big weakness for the Rangers a year ago. He'll be a great addition to the PK.
So who out of McDonagh or Kreider is accompanying those 2 to get Nash?
None of them.
"Trust me I'm an expert, I watched 13 rangers games on NHL center Ice this year through streaming." -Starburst
"I don't even understand what the point of all this arguing is. Are you guys hoping that the other side is going to have an epiphany and go 'Oh, OH! You're right, we ARE going to lose this series!'" -Crease
I don't see how or why any Rangers fan could be possibly upset with this signing. At only one year near league minimum, it's essentially zero risk. It certainly provides quality depth at an affordable price. Worst comes to worst, that's not a bad price to pay for a healthy scratch.
While Halpern isn't the player he used to be, he still competes hard, wins faceoffs, kills penalties, and is responsible with the puck. Even if they retain all their centers and stay healthy, he's plenty capable of shifting to wing if they feel that's the best plan.
Not to mention he's a former team captain and definitely a solid veteran presence to have around your team.