GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Following an abysmal 1-4-0 start to the season, the Rangers are shaking things up.
If no other team claims either player, they will report to the team's AHL affiliate, the Hartford Wolf Pack. The team will still be charged a cap hit, but not the full value of their NHL salary.
The move comes as the team returned home from a shockingly bad trip out West that included spankings from the Sharks and Ducks, a pair of games in which they were outscored 15-2.
Halpern, who had been playing in the Finnish Elite League, signed a one-year deal with the Phoenix Coyotes on Saturday, but he had to clear waivers before he could join the team.
Mueller signed a two-way contract with the Dallas Stars this summer. He will now report to the team's AHL affiliate the Texas Stars.