By Sky Kerstein

On the first day of free agency, the Capitals have signed Potomac, Maryland native and former Caps Captain center Jeff Halpern to a one year, $825,000 deal today.  Halpern, who was undrafted, started his career with his hometown Capitals and played six seasons for them from 1999 to 2006 before departing in free agency.  During the 2005-2006 season he was the Capitals Captain.

Halpern during the regular season has 142 goals and 200 assists in 12 NHL seasons with Washington, Dallas, Tampa Bay, Los Angeles and Montreal.  Halpern has played in 34 playoff games with seven goals and six assists.  Last season he had 11 goals, 15 assists in 72 regular season games with Montreal.  Halpern had one goal and zero assists in four playoff games for Montreal last season.  The 35-year-old veteran is expected to center the fourth line for the Capitals this upcoming season.

Boyd Gordon, who has been anchoring the fourth line for the Capitals, signed a two year, for a reported 2.65 million dollar deal with Phoenix today.

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