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Jeff Halpern played 19 regular-season games for John Tortorella's Tampa Bay Lightning in 2007-08.

Though it was a small sample, the newest Ranger said Wednesday it was enough to want to play for Tortorella again.

"I like how cut-and-dried everything is," Halpern, 36, said by telephone a day after agreeing to a one-year deal worth $700,000.

"He demands and expects a lot from players but if you're able to do what he says and respond to what he's asking for, he usually doesn't have issues with you as a player. I like things up front."

That may be something to bear in mind as Shane Doan decides whether to remain with the Coyotes or leave via free agency.

Doan extended his personal deadline to July 16 to decide whether he'd entertain offers from other teams.

Rangers assistant general manager/assistant coach Jim Schoenfeld coached Doan in Phoenix, with Tortorella as his assistant.

"It's probably impossible to comment on those types of things," Halpern said.

"But any player likes to win, to be put in situations with a chance to win. If you believe in the system, people want to be a part of it."

The Rangers finished atop the Eastern Conference with 109 points and dispatched Halpern's Capitals in seven games in the second round, though Halpern dressed for just two of those games. …