Former Capitals Jeff Halpern Signs With New York Rangers

Jeff Halpern Jeff Halpern #15 of the Washington Capitals skates against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center on October 20, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Capitals defeated the Flyers 5-2.

Just after 9:30 AM this morning, the New York Post‘s Larry Brooks reported two-time Washington Capital Jeff Halpern has signed a one-year deal with the New York Rangers for $700,000.  Halpern, 36, played in 69 games last season with the Caps before being scratched in favor of Jay Beagle in the NHL Playoffs.  Halpern scored 4 goals and 12 assists during the 2011-12 season and led D.C. in faceoffs, winning 58.3% of his draws.

While his new contract is a decrease from the $825,000 he was under contract for last season, it’s good to see the former Caps’ captain and Maryland native re-signed as he was unsure of his options entering the free agent market this offseason.

You can read our Off-Season Evaluation of Halpern here.