Larry Brooks of the New York Post first reported Halpern would be joining one of his former teams. Halpern had no goals and one assist in 30 games for the Rangers this season.
Halpern spent the 2010-11 season with the Canadiens, and he produced his best offensive season since 2005-06. He had 11 goals and 26 points in 72 games for Montreal.
Several media outlets also reported the Rangers waived defenseman Stu Bickel on Saturday. Bickel has no goals or points in 16 games for New York this season. He spent some of those contests filling in as a fourth-line forward.
I'm just excited about the opportunity. I've been on the ice earlier than usual and in the weight room, pushing around a little more weights than usual. Every day I go into a workout with a smile on my face and ready to go. When you do have a little more responsibility, you want to take your lunch pail and get ready to work.
— Brian Elliott to Jeremy Rutherford of the Post-Dispatch on being the Blues' No. 1 goalie