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.
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