Jeff Halpern is on the move again, but this time it's to an organization he's familiar with.
The 36-year-old forward, who signed to a 1-year, $700,000 contract with the New York Rangers in the offseason, was claimed off of waivers by the Montreal Canadiens today. Halpern played 30 games with the Rangers this season, but only registered one assist and was a minus-5.
The Washington, D.C. native, who spent his first six seasons with the Washington Capitals, will change teams for the seventh time in seven seasons. Ever since leaving the Caps after the 2005-06, he's had stints in Dallas, Tampa Bay, Los Angeles, Montreal, Washington again and New York. Halpern returns to Montreal after having a pretty good season for the Canadiens in 2010-11. He scored 11 goals and 26 points, while going plus-6 for a Canadiens team that pushed eventual champion Boston to seven games in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.
Halpern will provide the Habs, who currently sit in second in the Eastern Conference with 45 points, some depth on their fourth line, and some decent two-way play.