Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Blues sign Langenbrunner to a one-year contract extension

Not too long after the re-signing of veteran player, Scott Nichol, the Blues elected on Tuesday to bring back another expert for the 2012-13 campaign.  Jamie Langenbrunner, who became an unrestricted-free agent on Sunday July 1, was locked up by the Blues for one more season.

Langenbrunner, a 36-year old veteran, was signed by the Blues in the 2011 offseason a year ago.  He participated in 70 games with the Blues this season and accumulated 24 points (six goals, 18 assists) along with 32 penalty minutes.  A one time 52-point producer, Langenbrunner is no longer the offensively productive player he once was, but he is still effective as a third or fourth line winger. But it's his experience and leadership that is most attractive to General Manager Doug Armstrong.

“We are excited that Jamie has agreed to stay in St. Louis,” said Armstrong. “His professionalism and leadership both on and off the ice are invaluable assets for our club.”

Langenbrunner was one of three Blues' players on the 2011-12 roster over the age of 35, but with the unlikelihood of Jason Arnott returning to the team, the move to bring back Langenbrunner will certainly be beneficial. 

The Cloquet, Minnesota native has spent time with three National Hockey League teams (Stars, Devils, Blues) and has played 1,105 NHL games since being drafted by the Dallas Stars in the second round (35th overall) of the 1993 NHL Entry Draft. He, ironically, played his first NHL game on April 9, 1995 against the St. Louis Blues.  Along with his experience in the playoffs, 146 games worth, Langenbrunner is a two-time Stanley Cup winner (Dallas 1999, New Jersey 2003).