Langenbrunner Says He's Not Ready to Retire
Jamie Langenbrunner told me in training camp that the NHL lockout at least gave him a taste of what life is like without hockey. “I’m no longer afraid of not playing” is the way he phrased it.
Afterall the 37-year old has been in the NHL since the age of 19 and certainly cherished the opportunity to spend time with his wife and kids.
With that said he tells me he’s not ready to retire from the NHL.
Rumors began swirling Saturday morning that Langenbrunner was headed for season ending hip surgery. He confirmed the news during last night’s 6-5 shootout loss to Anaheim.
An MRI Friday revealed the worst as Doctors confirmed a torn labrum as well as a bone impingement that will set the two-time Stanley Cup winner back 4-6 six months.
Langenbrunner will decide over the next few days whether to have the surgery in St. Louis or with renowned specialist Dr. Marc Philippon in Vail, Colorado.
Dr. Philippon has performed hip surgeries on numerous athletes including former Blue Paul Kariya who had both of his hips operated on during the 2008-2009 season.
When you consider the career Langenbruner has had it’s obvious he’s on the downward slope of a great career. The former Peterborough Pete tells me he isn’t ready to retire though. “I want to get the operation done as soon as possible so I can begin the rehab process”.
He went on to say he plans on playing next season.
Getting a contract won’t be easy but then again we’ve seen countless players respond favorably to these surgeries. Hopefully he gets the chance to play one more season and go out on his own terms.
This guy was very instrumental to the Blues season a year ago that saw them capture the Central division. Replacing his leadership and experience will be nearly impossible. Besides Andy McDonald he’s the only player on the Blues roster with a Stanley Cup ring. Obviously players like Scott Nichol, Barret Jackman, Captain David Backes and McDonald will be counted on even more to step up in his absence.
Langenbrunner says the injury got progressively worse over the last several days. There isn’t a specific hit that lead to the injury but says two weeks ago he knew something wasn’t right.
There really isn’t much to say regarding the Blues loss on Saturday. It is what it is and anyone who watched the game knows what the problem is.
Goaltender Brian Elliott has looked uncomfortable going back to the training camp scrimmages and it came to a head against Anaheim. It’ll be interesting to see how this goes moving forward.
Head Coach Ken Hitchcock says Jake Allen will start Monday if Jaro Halak isn’t ready to return from his groin strain.
I thought Elliott would be on a short leash coming into the game considering his recent outings but Hitchcock elected to let him play through it.
There’s no reason the Blues should have lost that game. They played a great first and third period and deserved a better fate.
When you get five goals from Alex Steen, David Backes, David Perron, Chris Stewart, and T.J. Oshie one would think the Blues would find a way to grab two points. Not to mention Steen, Stewart, Andy McDonald and Kevin Shattenkirk chipped in with two assists each.
One can assume GM Doug Armstrong is actively searching to add to his defense. Getting something done is easier said than done especially this time of year. Several teams would like to add a top four D-man and those who have them aren’t looking to give them away. They would probably have to part with a quality forward to find a trade partner. They may have to hold on until the April 3rd trade deadline.
We do know Armstrong isn’t afraid to make a deal so anything is possible right about now.
The Blues should have won the game in overtime before Ian Cole’s goal was waived off after Patrik Berglund made contact with the goaltender. Berglund was obviously pushed into the crease and there’s no excuse for this goal not counting.
I'd expect Chris Porter to be recalled from Peoria and replace Langenbrunner on the roster.
How good is Teemu Selanne....is this guy serious?
More to come,
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