Will Jeff Halpern Make A Difference For Montreal Canadiens?

By Randy Holt
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Though the NHL trade deadline is getting closer by the day, we still don’t have a very clear indication of whether the Montreal Canadiens plan to be buyers or plan to be sellers.

What we do know is that they made one move in an attempt to upgrade their depth, when they claimed Jeff Halpern off of waivers from the New York Rangers.

Halpern is already familiar with the Montreal area, having played with the Habs back in 2010-2011. That season actually turned out to be one of his better campaigns, with 11 goals and 15 assists.

The fact that a 26-point season is considered one of his better years is a pretty good indicator that not much offense should be expected of Halpern, in the event that he does crack the lineup with some regularity. What he does bring to this team is success at the dot.

Halpern wins a whole lot of faceoffs. He had won 57 percent of his draws on the season and is 54 percent in his career. Which is likely the primary motivation behind the Canadiens grabbing him off of waivers.

The Habs needed some depth in the middle. They got in managing to add Halpern. He won’t put up points, and he may not even play every night. But he’s going to be a solid guy in the bottom six that is going to win some faceoffs and get some possession on the side of the Habs.

Whether or not that’ll be the only move we see the Canadiens make is still up in the air, though.

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