Canadiens Nation - March 28, 2013
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Back in Bleu-Blanc-Rouge
While the Canadiens could never have hung onto all the talent that’s come through their lineup in the past decade, Marc Bergevin continues to do a fine job of bringing back the right familiar faces, at the right times.
With the claiming of veteran Jeff Halpern off waivers on March 23, the Canadiens added a third former team-member to the roster since Bergevin and Michel Therrien took over the reigns of the organization during the summer and kicked things off with a contract for rearguard Francis Bouillon
Now in his third stint with the Montreal franchise, Bouillon returned as advertised, bringing with him the tireless work ethic, veteran leadership and solid defensive play that the Habs brass was looking to instill as cornerstones of the club. Present and accounted for in each one of the team’s games 33 games in 2012-13, the 37-year-old blue liner is paying off for the Canadiens and still proving that he has plenty left in the tank, posting seven points, 37 blocked shots, 58 hits and a plus-5 differential since rejoining the team. He also continues to be an ideal candidate to pair with any of the organization’s rookie defenseman in need of a steadying presence as they settle into NHL action.
Bouillon recently had his efforts pay off in turn, with a one-year contract extension slated to take him to the end of the 2013-14 season.
Next came sniper Michael Ryder. In search of an extra scoring touch, Bergevin added the Dallas Stars’ leading scorer, fresh off a career-year of 35 goals in 2011-12, and already a two-time 30 goal scorer with the Canadiens during his first four-year stint with the club. Arriving as the Habs were on the cusp of a crucial five-game road trip, Ryder hit the road running with conference’s top team and helped them stay there thanks to an explosion of nine points during the span of that trip. The 32-year-old winger now has 13 points in the 13 games since his return.
Finally, with a few players sidelined in the clinic and the Habs looking for help in the face off circle and on their penalty-kill, Bergevin added the 11th best face off man in the league when he claimed Halpern off waivers from the New York Rangers.
Still only two games into his latest stint with the CH, Halpern enjoyed his most productive season since a 2005-06 44-point campaign with the Capitals when suited up for the Habs in 2010-11, recording 26 points. In his first game back with the Canadiens, Halpern turned in a solid performance against the powerhouse Pittsburgh Penguins, leading his team with four hits and winning 11 of his 18 face offs for an effectiveness rating of 61.1% in the dot.
With the trade deadline looming just around the corner and the playoffs on the horizon, who knows – Habs fans could see another familiar added to the lineup before long.
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