Halpern returns to Caps, signs 1-yr deal for $825K

The Washington Capitals have opened free agency by bringing back

a familiar face, signing former captain Jeff Halpern to a one-year

deal worth $825,000.

Halpern was signed Friday in a move that adds needed depth to

the center position.

The 35-year-old forward is a native of nearby Potomac, Md., who

made the Capitals as an undrafted free agent out of Princeton in

1999. He played six seasons in Washington and was captain during

the 2005-06 season. He has since played for Dallas, Tampa Bay, Los

Angeles and Montreal.

Halpern has 142 goals and 200 assists in his NHL career. He had

11 goals and 15 assists in 72 games with the Canadiens last

season.

He has also represented the United States at five world

championships.