Capitals sign Jeff Halpern

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The Caps are in the business of adding leaders. First it was Troy Brouwer via trade last week, and now – former captain Jeff Halpern.

On Friday afternoon just a bit over an hour into free agency, the Caps announced they had signed Halpern to a one-year deal. It is worth $825,000.

“They called right away,” his agent, Mike Liut, told The Washington Times. “Jeff liked the idea of going back to Washington and playing at home.”

Halpern spent six seasons with the Caps from 1999-2000 to 2005-06.

Halpern is on his honeymoon right now and not available to talk. Liut was even corresponding via email about this deal.

Liut said the Caps were “the first ones through the door” about signing Halpern. The Canadiens were interested in bringing him back, but Washington beat them to it.

“It just made sense to him,” Liut said.

And for the Caps, who saw Boyd Gordon leave for a two-year, $2.65 million deal in Phoenix.

“A veteran center; great in face off circles; plays defense; a good leader; tough; and smart with a high hockey IQ. A hometown boy makes good. I am pleased with this signing,” owner Ted Leonsis wrote on his blog.

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