Blues Do Right Thing In Moving Crombeen
Good luck finding a better person in the NHL than B.J.Crombeen. He’s top notch and the Blues will miss his services both on and off the ice. It’s an understandable move when you consider how crowded the team is offensively. Crombeen has earned to right to play every game and that scenario couldn’t be promised in St. Louis.
With Jamie Langenbrunner returning and Ryan Reaves and Scott Nichol already penciled into the fourth line, it made Crombeen expendable.
This is the best thing for Crombeen who tells me he’ll forever cherish the Blues as they provided him his first real opportunity to play in the NHL. He sincerely appreciates that but understands the business side of the game.
The average career of an NHL player is around five years, many are lucky just to see one shift. In other words nothing is guaranteed in the NHL except salaries which the players will never give up! The length of a career is often determined by the situation you’re in. With Crombeen entering the final year of his contract it’s important he’s put in the best possible position to not only play every game but to further his career.
There’s no question Crombeen wants to be an everyday player and you have to give the Blues credit for giving him that chance. This is the type of respect you show to a veteran guy. He would have certainly been in the mix with the Blues but finding his name on the lineup card every night would have been a battle.
It’s important he plays every night and he should get that chance under Guy Boucher in Tampa Bay. Crombeen didn't officially ask the Blues to move him but the trade can best be described as a blessing in disguise.
Crombeen was in the NHLPA/NHL negotiation room and realized something was up when he missed two calls. He’s been serving as the Blues player rep the last several months.
Kevin Shattenkirk is currently the Blues alternate player rep but they have several players who at one time or another have been heavily involved with the NHLPA. David Backes and Langenbrunner continue to have a presence with the players association.
Negotiations will continue Friday in Toronto before moving to New York next week.
Langenbrunner agrees to a one-year extension worth $1.25 million with an additional $250,000 available in potential bonuses. The Blues put the offer back on the table Monday night with the Crombeen trade very likely. It creates a little more room on the blues fourth line where Langenbrunner is likely to begin the season. He’s certainly an important player from a chemistry standpoint.
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