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Kings Acquire Jeff Halpern from Tampa Bay

Teddy Purcell and a third round pick sent to Lightning

Wednesday, 03.03.2010 / 2:20 PM / Los Angeles Kings | News
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Kings Acquire Jeff Halpern from Tampa Bay
Jeff Halpern will join the Kings from Tampa Bay in exchange for Teddy Purcell and a third-round pick.
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have acquired center Jeff Halpern from the Tampa Bay Lightning for forward Teddy Purcell and a third round selection in the 2010 NHL Draft, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced Wednesday. Halpern will wear No. 22 with the Kings.

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Halpern, 33, has recorded 17 points (9-8=17) and 27 penalty minutes in 55 games with the Lightning this season. The 5-11, 190-pound native of Potomac, Maryland has played 704 career games in the NHL (with Washington, Dallas and Tampa Bay), posting 314 points (131-183=314) and 542 penalty minutes. Halpern, who has also served as an alternate captain with the Lightning, has registered 12 points (6-6=12) and 23 penalty minutes in 24 career NHL postseason games.

The veteran centerman began his career with Washington in 1999-00 and spent six seasons with the Capitals (1999-00 through 2005-06). Halpern’s career high in goals (21) came in 2000-01, while his career high in points (46) and assists (27) came in 2003-04. Halpern signed as a free agent with Dallas in 2006-07 and was traded by the Stars to Tampa Bay on February 26, 2008.

Internationally, Halpern has represented the United States at the 2008 World Championships, where he recorded one assist in three games before suffering an injury. He also skated for Team USA at the 2005 World Championships (one goal in seven games) and the 2004 World Cup.

Purcell, 24, played in 41 games with the Kings this season, recording six points (3-3=6) and four penalty minutes. The 6-2, 198-pound native of St. John’s, Newfoundland, signed with the Kings as a free agent on April 27, 2007, and he has 25 points (8-17=25) and eight penalty minutes in 91 career NHL games, all with the Kings.

The third round draft selection traded to Tampa Bay today was one of three picks the Kings have in the third-round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, which will be held at STAPLES Center. The selection involved in today’s trade with Tampa Bay was originally Florida’s selection, which was acquired by the Kings on June 27, 2009, when the Kings traded the 107th overall selection and the 138th overall selection in the 2009 Draft in Montreal.

Career Regular Season Statistics
Season Team GP G A P +/- PIM PP SH GW S S%
1994-1995 Stratford Cullitons-OHA-B 44 29 54 83 43
1995-1996 Princeton University Tigers-ECAC 29 3 11 14 30
1996-1997 Princeton University Tigers-ECAC 33 7 24 31 35
1997-1998 Princeton University Tigers-ECAC 36 28 25 53 46
1998-1999 Princeton University Tigers-ECAC 33 22 22 44 32
1998-1999 Portland Pirates-AHL 6 2 1 3 4
1999-2000 Capitals 79 18 11 29 21 39 4 4 1 108 16.7
1999-2000 United States-WC-A 7 1 1 2 4 0 0 0 14
2000-2001 Capitals 80 21 21 42 13 60 2 1 5 110 19.1
2000-2001 United States-WC-A 9 1 1 2 8
2001-2002 Capitals 48 5 14 19 -9 29 0 0 4 74 6.8
2002-2003 Capitals 82 13 21 34 6 88 1 2 2 126 10.3
2003-2004 Capitals 79 19 27 46 -21 56 7 0 2 114 16.7
2003-2004 United States-WC-A 9 2 2 4 4
2004-2005 United States-W-Cup 4 0 0 0 -1 7
2004-2005 HC Ajoie-Swiss-2 15 5 12 17 52
2004-2005 Kloten Flyers-Swiss 9 7 4 11 6
2004-2005 United States-WC-A 7 1 0 1 6
2005-2006 Capitals 70 11 33 44 -8 79 6 0 1 151 7.3
2006-2007 Stars 76 8 17 25 -7 78 1 0 4 106 7.5
2007-2008 Stars 64 10 14 24 -2 40 1 1 0 86 11.6
2007-2008 Lightning 19 10 8 18 2 14 3 0 2 46 21.7
2007-2008 United States-WC-A 3 0 1 1 4
2008-2009 Lightning 52 7 9 16 -13 32 1 1 1 60 11.7
2009-2010 Lightning 55 9 8 17 -14 27 2 0 1 65 13.8
NHL Totals 704 131 183 314 -31 542 28 9 23 1,046 12.5