Another veteran free agent will not be rejoining the Capitals in 2012. Center Jeff Halpern was recently informed by general manager George McPhee that the team has no interest in resigning the veteran according to Washington Post Capitals writer Katie Carrera. The decision did not really surprise Halpern at all.
I just think how the last 20 games went, it was there. You do your part and see where you fit in and I think I was able to do what I was brought in to do when I was given an opportunity to play. I was happy with how I played this year and when I talked to George, he agreed, but going into next year that spot has kind of been filled.
Halpern is now the third veteran player on the team to say he would not be returning. Forward Mike Knuble announced who would not return for the 2012-13 season and goaltender Tomas Vokoun was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins for a seventh round draft pick.