April 16, 2012; San Jose, CA, USA; St. Louis Blues right wing Jamie Langenbrunner (15) warms up before game three of the 2012 Western Conference quarterfinals against the San Jose Sharks at HP Pavilion. St. Louis defeated San Jose 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Jason O. Watson-USA TODAY Sports

Jamie Langenbrunner Won’t Get an Offer From the St. Louis Blues – Won’t Retire

Many St. Louis Blues fans were hopeful that Jamie Langenbrunner would join the front office of the St. Louis Blues after announcing his retirement this offseason, but don’t hold your breath.

While Langenbrunner, 37, has played 1,109 regular season and 146 playoff games while racking up some 663 points, he has most likely played his last game as a member of the St. Louis Blues.

In the shortened 2013 season, Langenbrunner was limited to just four games after he was forced to have hip surgery.  Some were hopeful given the rapid recovery and strides he made during rehab that Langenbrunner would be available in the playoffs, but that just wasn’t an option given the Blues early exit.

Langenbrunner has two Stanely Cups under his belt, but that isn’t enough for one of the best American players in the game.

I have three kids and two Cups, I’ve always said I’d like to get that third one before leaving the game.

One option for the aging star would be to sign with the Minnesota Wild.  Andy Strickland pointed out in an article about Langenbrunner that he and his family still call Minnesota home.  Also, Langenbrunner is close friends with Zach Parise who will be with the Wild for the remainder of his career barring a trade.

Retirement doesn’t seem to be an option for the former captin of the U.S. Olympic team as he would like to leave the game on his own terms and not due to injury.  Langenbrunner claims to feel as good as ever, but will an NHL team be willing to take a chance on him?

Should no teams show interest, the St. Louis Blues might extend the opportunity to sign a professional try-out contract allowing Langenbrunner to try and make the team out of training camp.

Even if Langenbrunner signed a PTO with the Blues, the chances of him making the roster is slim to none.

Perhaps the greatest strength of Jamie was his leadership ability behind the scenes.

Let’s hope that Jamie Langebrunner finds a place where he can land on his feet and finish out his hall of fame career.

More as we have it.


-Alex Hodschayan

Tags: Free Agent Jamie Langenbrunner Minnesota WIld Retirement St. Louis Blues Zach Parise

  • bluenotebacker

    Of the 3 vets the Blues are losing (Mac & Nichol being the other 2) Langs is the one I had hoped we’d see return to the ice with the Blues this coming season. It really leaves a huge hole in the locker room- there’s no veteran presence with deep experience anymore. Will be interesting to see if Army brings in a FA to fill that role.

    • Alex Hodschayan

      I hoped to see him return, but with the coaching staff. I think his career has run its course.

      He is still a great player with great hockey sense, but he doesn’t fit into the Blues lineup anymore.

    • Dashley R

      Who do you think the Blues should bring in to replace Langs exp?

  • Lauryn

    Man, it’s only June and we’ve already lost three players! It’s good and bad, bad because I’m scared to see who else is gonna go and good because it’s keeping me on my toes! :P

    • Alex Hodschayan

      Are there any players you would like to see the Blues bring in?

      • Lauryn

        Hmm…there’s many players that I think would look good in a blue note, but all of the ones I can think of, their team has already locked them up. I guess we’ll have to just sit back through the off season and wait to see what the management does. Yay.

      • Dashley R

        Do you think this makes a double case for Briere?

        • Alex Hodschayan

          Maybe, but the price will be the main issue.