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Langenbrunner would love a shot with the Wild

Jul 17, 2013, 1:40 PM EDT

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Veteran forward Jamie Langenbrunner would like to continue his NHL career. And if possible, he’d like to do it with his home state’s Minnesota Wild.

“I’ve been pushing my (agent) to do some talking (to the Wild) for me,” Langenbrunner told the Duluth News Tribune. “That would, obviously, be the ideal situation from a family standpoint.”

How the Wild feel about signing a 37-year-old who underwent season-ending hip surgery in February isn’t clear.

Post operation, Langenbrunner says he’s feeling “as good as I have as far as skating.”

“It’s great to get to a point where there’s no pain skating, and I’m looking forward to continuing my training this summer and see where it takes me,” he added.

Langenbrunner joined the Blues in 2011 after having success with the Dallas and New Jersey organizations. His first season in St. Louis went reasonably well — he appeared in 70 games, scoring six goals and 18 assists — but last year was a write-off, with just four appearances, no goals and one assist.

If we were to guess, Langenbrunner is most likely to get a tryout, as teams will be hesitant to commit without seeing what he can do in a preseason game.

Related: Blues won’t offer Langenbrunner new deal

  1. blitzinc43 - Jul 17, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    Not a suprise, there is a ton of top-level american talent on the Wild (including the prospects they’ve accumulated).

    Langenbrunner would be an appropriate veteran Yank to lead and teach in the fine arts of winning

    • rsmaggiemae - Jul 17, 2013 at 2:27 PM

      I would love to have him finish his career at home in Minnesota
      I sometimes, wish, the whole Wild team was made up of MinnesotapWisc guys but that would be impossible, but that would be a dream come true.
      The state has produced so much talent that is now in the NHL and the Wild have upcoming players from Minnesota, one in particular that I really like, is Haula, now he is orginally from Finland, but has been here so many years we consider him a true Gopher and he passed up his rfa this year to stay with the Wild organization as he really wants to play for them in the NHL it is his dream we have so many players from Finland who come here as it reminds them of home and we have been nicknamed Finnesota…
      I wish we could have signed Hendrichs and leopold., but that did not pan out…
      so time will tell what happens to Langenbrunner

  2. 950003cups - Jul 17, 2013 at 2:17 PM

    I’ve been saying this since his best buddy, Parise, signed there. Langenbrunner could sign there, but they wont give him what he wants. Plus that’s only if Wild has that extra roster spot, which I’m guessing they’d rather use on a prospect rather than an aging injured vet who caused problems in NJ in the locker room.

  3. hagigun - Jul 17, 2013 at 2:23 PM

    He needs to understand our team is in transition and we need to make roster spots for our young prospects. Most of our young guys (Coyle, Zucker, Nino, Granlund, etc) need to be in a top 6 role or down in Iowa AHL. That means if Langenbrunner is OK with a 3rd or possibly 4th line role, I’d see if we can make something work for 1yr no more than 1 million. It would be nice to replace some of Cullen’s leadership and Jamie has proven to score some big goals. I’d be fine with him agreeing to that.

    Mitchell – Konopka – Langenbrunner would be a big improvement for our 4th line. We need someone with skill to help Torrey out. Dude is left all alone with 2 plumbers in Rupp and Konopka most nights. Otherwise you could try and cozy him up on the 3rd line with Cooke – Brodziak – Langenbrunner. Either way will help out but by no means should he be expecting a top 6 role or much in salary.

    • eggserino - Jul 17, 2013 at 6:49 PM

      Langenbrunner played 3rd/ 4th line roles with the Blues when he played. Not a ton of gas left in the tank…

  4. gooterbaby - Jul 17, 2013 at 3:00 PM

    I would love it if Jamie Langenbrunner signed with the Wild….circa 2006 Langenbrunner that is.

  5. ashtongronholz8 - Jul 17, 2013 at 5:36 PM

    An all MN team could arguably be a true cup contender ha.

  6. rebekah319 - Jul 18, 2013 at 1:08 AM

    I respect Jamie for wanting to still play however the wild have unlimited spots on the team right now with all these young guys starting to jump in its not fair just to take it away from them. It’s time to let the Haula’s ,Zuckers, granlunds and Coyles to reach the next step. I just think its the wrong time to even bring in another player when you already have so many waiting to crack down the door all over again!!

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