Aug 27, 2011, 3:22 PM EST
Jamie Langenbrunner was playing some of the best hockey of his career in his 30′s, scoring a career-high 69 points in 2008-09 and 61 in 09-10 as he captained the New Jersey Devils. Yet things started going sour at the end of 09-10, as Langenbrunner clashed with Jacques Lemaire.
That funk seemed to carry over into the 2010-11 season, as he managed 14 points in 31 games with the Devils before he finally agreed to waive his no-trade clause and return to the only other team he knew, the Dallas Stars. It didn’t really get a whole lot better for Langenbrunner in Dallas, though, as he scored 18 points in 39 games while seeing reduced time on ice (16:33 minutes per game). The Stars were on the cusp of a playoff spot but couldn’t get the job done against the Minnesota Wild in the last day of the regular season, punctuating a nauseating season for the versatile winger.
Losing just seemed to follow him around like a dark cloud in 2010-11; Jeremy Rutherford points out that the Devils and Stars’ combined record with Langenbrunner on their rosters was 27-44-8. That must have been a bitter pill to swallow for a guy who won two Stanley Cups, one silver medal and made the playoffs in all 13 of his previous full NHL seasons.
The 36 year old winger told Rutherford that he lost some of his passion for hockey last season.
“Jersey had weighed on me so much,” Langenbrunner said. “I’ve always been the type of guy that plays with a lot of emotion and heart, and when you feel like you’re not really part of it, it was tough, especially when you’re the captain. I didn’t enjoy playing hockey anymore, and that is no way to play in this league.”
The Blues are mostly a very young team, with almost every major contributor being in what should be their prime years. Even so, the team decided to add some veteran scoring presences in the form of similar one-year contracts for Langenbrunner and fellow former Devils forward Jason Arnott. When you factor in the addition of defensive forward Scott Nichol, the Blues added three 36 year old forwards during this off-season.
Rather than drawing top line minutes like Langenbrunner often did in New Jersey, Rutherford reports that Langenbrunner will probably play alongside Arnott and Alex Steen on a third line while drawing penalty killing duty.
The Blues don’t expect Langenbrunner to step into a top-six role or line up on the power play. Going into training camp, which begins Sept. 16, he’s slotted for the third line with Alex Steen and Arnott, and he’s scheduled to be on the penalty-killing unit.
“We feel he’s going to provide some work, some defensive responsibility,” Blues coach Davis Payne said. “If there’s a guy not performing and all of a sudden he takes that responsibility, that’s what we’re going to find out. That’s the role we’ve discussed.”
At first, I scoffed at the additions of Langenbrunner and Arnott. Yet when you consider the fact that they’ll likely be in third line/support roles, the moves make a lot more sense (especially since St. Louis gave them low-risk one-year deals).
The Blues could be an intriguing dark horse candidate next season, especially if they manage to make an aggressive trade deadline move or two once a new ownership group is hopefully in place. St. Louis must hope that Arnott and Langenbrunner still have some gas left in the tank, but if nothing else, the team’s younger players can lean on two veterans who have seen a lot in their NHL careers.
Nov 22, 2014, 1:45 AM EST
Nov 22, 2014, 12:40 AM EST
Booed off the ice at the end of this game.
Nov 21, 2014, 11:52 PM EST
It was nice.
Nov 21, 2014, 11:29 PM EST
Going from bad to worse for Edmonton.
Nov 21, 2014, 10:51 PM EST
Lucic didn’t drop his gloves. Prout did. History between these two.
Nov 21, 2014, 10:17 PM EST
There’s a history between these two.
Nov 21, 2014, 10:02 PM EST
Columbus was leading 2-0 at the time.
Nov 21, 2014, 9:40 PM EST
Ranks seventh in the NHL in ice time.
Nov 21, 2014, 8:49 PM EST
Possible headbutt in this fight?
Nov 21, 2014, 8:11 PM EST
They’ve won big and they’ve lost big.
Nov 21, 2014, 7:14 PM EST
A San Jose draft pick from 2008.
Nov 21, 2014, 6:37 PM EST
Avs call up a trio of players from the AHL.
Nov 21, 2014, 5:31 PM EST
“I really feel bad for him. It appears his parents mismanaged his money.”
Nov 21, 2014, 4:40 PM EST
Pursuant to the “Bona Fide Long-Term Injury Exception” section of the CBA.
Nov 21, 2014, 4:21 PM EST
That’s a guy shoveling snow off his roof in Buffalo.
Nov 21, 2014, 3:43 PM EST
D-man for d-man.
Nov 21, 2014, 3:17 PM EST
Currently out of the playoff picture in the Western Conference.
Nov 21, 2014, 2:29 PM EST
News and notes from around the crease…
Nov 21, 2014, 2:21 PM EST
Even coach DeBoer is surprised a backup hasn’t started yet.
Nov 21, 2014, 1:30 PM EST
Veteran Avs forward won’t play Saturday against Carolina.
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