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Rangers place Jeff Halpern on waivers

In a bit of shocking news, the Rangers have placed center Jeff Halpern on waivers (per Darren Dreger). In 30 games with the Rangers, Halpern notched just one assist with a -5 rating. Halpern is currently the Rangers one of the Rangers top faceoff guys, winning 56.7% of his draws. Halpern’s ice time had diminished a lot lately, getting just three minutes of ice time in last night’s loss to Florida.

The move likely signals that Arron Asham is ready to return to the lineup. But the interesting thing here is that with Halpern out, the Rangers are going to need to do some line shuffling. Expect J.T. Miller to move to center on the third line, and Brian Boyle to be shifted to the fourth line center role (where he belongs). Also look for Taylor Pyatt to be moved to the third line, with the returning Asham to slide into a fourth line role.

28 Responses to “Rangers place Jeff Halpern on waivers”

  1. zach says:

    Not sure I get this. Halpern’s the ideal guy for healthy scratch. Why not waive Bickel to clear space?

    • Dave says:

      That I do not know. Torts still likes Bickel’s jam. I’m guessing at this point he just makes grape jam in the press box.

    • Jordan says:

      Could not agree more. Halpern is the definitely a solid scratch candidate when needed. Plus, as said below, he’s done the job he was brought in to do, which is win faceoffs in the Rangers zone and kill penalties.

  2. VinceR says:

    It’s confusing…do you guys think Boyle is enough of a better 4th line center than Halpern to justify the money difference?

    Does this also exclude Boyle from any trade package?

    • Dave says:

      Waiving Halpern doesn’t mean he’s gone. They can keep him around. They did that with Voros a lot.

  3. Bloomer says:

    They are clearing roster space a big trade is a coming. I like Bickles’ jam too. I just wish his skating was up to par.

    • Dave says:

      There’s nothing that really suggests that. It’s a possibility, but waiving someone doesn’t really mean clearing roster space for a trade.

  4. ranger17 says:

    I think the reason is they hope Halpern will be claimed to free up a contract space . Where as Bickel or Gilroy would not likely be claimed . They need a open space so this would put them at 48 and give them room to sign 2 more players Will miss his 1 assist tho from the bottom 3 any of Powe Bickel Gilroy Pyatt Ashem could be waived and not be missed at all . now we have the ability to sign anyone put on waivers by anyone else , not that anyone on waivers would be any better then we have on the roster right now

  5. Leatherneckinlv says:

    I am not shocked at all….he did very little to justify a spot on the roster in my opinion. Now Haley should be called up with Benn Fierrio as they did more in their time in the line up.

  6. george says:

    Rumor Jasper Fasth might come from SEL .

  7. Chris F says:

    I don’t like this move. Haloetn is a face-off/defensive/ penalty killing specialist. He’s performed well in the role that was assigned to him.

    Halpern’s lone assist and lack of goals is not the problem with the Rangers offensive woes. The guy penalty kills and takes defensive zone faceoffs. What do they expect?

    There are much more deserving candidates to waive. If this is about sending a message to the team, they’ve sent the wrong message, cutting a veteran who has accepted an inglorious role and has without complaint focused on defensive responsibility.

    I wonder if Sather made this call, or if this decision was made in his absence?

  8. Jay says:

    You guys call yourself rangers fan. Heal, bick,boyle all on line four and we won three in a row once bick went out we lost. We will when we play hard fight hits bec r star players can skate free bec ppl are scared to hit them when we have tough guys in the line up

    • VinceR says:

      There’s a thousand things I could say about this, but I’ll stick with: That’s a very interesting theory.

    • Chris F says:

      Jay,

      Toughness is an important element of the game, but not at the expense of sound defensive awareness.

      That some are upset with the release of Halpern doesn’t imply we’re against toughness, it simply means we were happy with the way Halpern went about conducting his business in a very quiet, yet important, role he was assigned. Asham is a non-entity; he should have been released as he has brought nothing to this team. He’s been injured and hasn’t been through the struggles the team has endured. Halpern has.

      • VinceR says:

        Gotta respectively disagree on this. Agree on that being injured for such a long time isn’t helping anything, but he skated well, actually created some opportunities scoring wise, and was playing a decent checking line role along with adding some grit.

        Thought he really brought something to that 4th line. I do not think Bickel as forward was the reason we one those 3 games though.

      • Dave says:

        Asham brings the ferocity and toughness that Bickel does, but Asham can actually skate. The Rangers missed him a lot more than people realize.

  9. mikeyyy says:

    He must not have had enough jam for Torts.

    I mean really, if you get 5 minutes a night, you gotta score, or why get put out there? (dripping sarcasm)

    SO I guess Boyle now gets the 5 minutes a night…or does this mean Torts will actually try to roll 4 lines…(checking outside to see if hell is freezing over)

  10. Walt says:

    Keeping Bickel is a smart move. Yes, his skating is suspect, but when you play teams like the Flyers, he can be helpful in protecting our non-physical players. Moving Pyatt to the 3rd line, should help the kids, but if that doesn’t work out, Powe could make a difference. He has skeep, is defensivly sound, and can help dish out the puck to the kids! This may be a nice line with Miller, Kreider, and Powe!!!!

    • Dave says:

      Don’t quite see how keeping him is a smart move when the last time he played, the Rangers had a losing record.

  11. Walt says:

    Powe has the speed, my fingers were going too fast on the post above!!

  12. Bloomer says:

    Damn rights Powe is skeep hes a keeper.

    • Walt says:

      VinceR & Bloomer

      Thanks for the endorsement, yes skeep is the new jam, and it’s catchy!!!!

      Good to get a laugh on occasion.

  13. Maurice H says:

    This is just another dopey move by an increasingly incompetent GM who has done nothing in his 10 or so years. What? One Conf Final in all those years? Halpern was a great penalt killer, but to let him go after just 30 games? Why bring him to New York just to let him go. The guys who really need to be put on the carpet are Richards and Gaborik. Hey, didn’t Sather also let go Matieu Schneider and keep that piece of junk Dale Purinton. Schneider had some great years with Detroit and LA after being let go.