The St. Louis Blues have gone out and added some veteran leadership this year with the signings of Jason Arnott and Jamie Langenbrunner.
Last season the Blues started like a house on fire, with a franchise best 9-1-2 record, but the flames were quickly put out, and a promising season turned into an injury riddled one. The Blues lost a ton of man games to the injuries of David Perron, TJ Oshie, Roman Polak and Andy McDonald, and that derailed the teams hopes for a second consecutive trip to the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
With the weight of the team put into the hands of such a young group of players, GM Doug Armstrong decided to reach into his bag of tricks and pick out a few that he knows very well.
Both Jamie Langenbrunner and Jason Arnott were drafted in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft. Arnott was drafted 7th overall by the Edmonton Oilers, while Langenbrunner was drafted 35th overall by the Dallas Stars. Both Players have won the Stanley Cup for the New Jersey Devils, and they are both now members of the St. Louis Blues.
The connection doesn’t end there. In 2002, Doug Armstrong then GM of the Dallas Stars, traded Jamie Langenbrunner and Joe Nieuwendyk to the New Jersey Devils for Jason Arnott, Randy McKay and a First Round Draft Pick.
Prior to the trade, both players won Stanley Cup Championships. Langenbrunner with the Dallas Stars (You know the one where Brett Hull scored, with his foot in the crease, in overtime against the Buffalo Sabres) and Jason Arnott with the New Jersey Devils (where he scored the Cup winning goal in Double OT of game six, against Langenbrunner and the Dallas Stars). Langenbrunner added a second Stanley Cup (this time with the Devils) during the 2002-03 NHL campaign. He lead all players in goals (11) and points (18) for that years Stanley Cup Playoffs.
With this type of leadership and experience, I think most people can see why Doug Armstrong went out and added these two players.
Blues fans hope that Langenbrunner and Arnott can make one more magical connection this season by leading the Blues not only to the playoffs, but to the first Stanley Cup Championship in franchise history.