Friday, January 7, 2011

Langenbrunner returns to the Stars

It's Back To The Future for Jamie Langenbrunner. The two-time Cup winner who was scratched last night in anticipation of a trade finally got word earlier today that he'd be returning to the Stars. So, the original Star who was drafted in the second round back in '93, comes back to the franchise he helped win its only Stanley Cup with in 1999 on a loaded team that featured Mike Modano, Ed Belfour, Jere Lehtinen, Joe Nieuwendyk, Brett HullSergei ZubovDerian Hatcher and Richard Matvichuk.

Sometimes, life comes full circle. In Langenbrunner's case, that holds true for the gritty American who's had an outstanding career highlighted by a more prominent role in the Devils '03 championship- scoring 11 goals and seven assists for 18 points on a shutdown line with former Selke winner John Madden and PK fixture Jay Pandolfo. Not only did he achieve ultimate success in New Jersey but also was recognized as one of the best players in our country, captaining Team USA to Olympic silver last year in Vancouver. It's the classic case of an overachiever who got the most of his talent. Just ask former ZZ Popps linemates Zach Parise and Travis Zajac how much No.15 meant to their careers.

And so a solid nine-year career in Jersey comes to an end with them getting a conditional third round pick that might become a second rounder.

2 comments:

Hasan said...

It's odd how much has changed in just two short weeks - MacLean fired, Brodeur demoted (Hedberg's making his third straight start Saturday) and Langs traded.

But hey after the last year drastic moves did need to be made, I can't accuse Lou of sitting on his hands now.

Hasan said...

And I take back a little of what I said before, Dallas is the one team I wouldn't mind seeing him do well for, especially since you know he has legit motivation there, it's a Western team and I still like them somewhat (despite changing Tippett who I like for Crawford who I don't).

Of course I will still be ticked off if he gets a hat trick on 2/22.

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