Langenbrunner Hopeful to End Career on His terms...Plus Rink Rats!
The future of longtime NHL forward Jamie Langenbrunner is in question after the Blues notified the Minnesota native they would not be offering him a contract to return next season.
“I don’t think I’m in their plans,” said Langenbrunner.
Langenbruuner told me earlier this week he still has hopes of playing one more season in the NHL.
The Blues could always invite Langenbrunner to training camp on a professional tryout and the team hasn’t officially closed that door. A PTO comes with no guaranteed roster spot.
Langenbrunner, 37, was limited to just 4 games this year after undergoing season ending hip surgery. His rehab was ahead of schedule and had him on the ice skating with the team at the end of the season. He was never considered a candidate to return to the lineup but surprised many with how quickly he was recovering.
Langenbrunner will go down as one of the better American born players of his era. His list of accomplishments includes two Stanley Cups while Captaining the 2010 U.S. Olympic team to a silver medal.
After 16 plus NHL seasons Langenbrunner would like to end his career on his own terms. Leaving the game due to injury is far from ideal for a player of his caliber.
With his kids getting older he says he’ll have some decisions to make next month but would first like to see what his options are.
“I have three kids and two Cups, I’ve always said I’d like to get that third one before leaving the game”.
Langenbrunner says he feels as good as he has in a long time. He’s always had the reputation as one of the better leaders in the game which he lived up to in his two seasons with the Blues. He has a strong relationship with both Ken Hitchcock and Doug Armstrong who signed him prior to the 2011-2012 season.
He and his family still call Minnesota home and signing with the Minnesota Wild would seem to be the perfect situation. He’s very close friends will Zach Parise who signed a mega deal with the Wild last summer.
Langenbrunner has played 1,109 regular season and 146 career playoff games.
The Blues currently do not hold a first round selection, having given it up in the Jay Bouwmeester deadline deal. Still you can be sure the Blues will be preparing as if they have one as you never know what can happen at the draft. They’re smart enough to familiarize themselves as much as they can with potential first round picks in the event of a trade. You always want to get a feel for the draft even if you don’t have a top pick.
The draft is considered top heavy with each of the top five picks having the potential of playing in the NHL next season. There’s always a gap after the top 10 selections and this year many feel there is little separation between picks 25-55.
As it sits right now the Blues first pick will be #47.
After watching the Memorial Cup I’m not sure how anyone could take Seth Jones ahead of Nathan MacKinnon. Sometimes it comes down to need but find me a team who couldn’t use this kid. Jones, who thrived at the World Junior tourney, will be a very good player for a long time but many believe Colorado is leaning towards MacKinnon.
The buyout period is quickly approaching and one name to watch is San Jose forward Martin Havlat. There’s no question he’s a talented player, when healthy, but with $11 million owed over the next two years they could choose to move on. He’s played just 79 games over the last two seasons including 40 this past year where he put up eight goals and 18 points. Injury limited him to just two games in the playoffs.
Look for the Sharks to begin negotiating an extension with Logan Couture this summer. He still has one year left but many believe a deal could get finalized before next season.
Preliminary talks have begun with New Jersey RFA Adam Henrique.
If the Blues are looking for depth at center, would Shawn Horcoff make any sense in the event he’s bought out by the Oilers?
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