Devils Can’t Afford to Lose Jamie Langenbrunner’s Vital Veteran Presence

September 30th, 2010 by Sean Hartnett Leave a reply »
Rumors have been swirling that the New Jersey Devils may jettison popular captain Jamie Langenbrunner in an attempt to clear cap space.  Since the costly re-signing of gifted winger Ilya Kovalchuk, reacquisition of Jason Arnott, and signings of defensive duo Henrik Tallinder and Anton Volchenkov, the Devils find themselves in a bind.

As the new season draws near, some creative bookkeeping is clearly needed to fit under the salary cap.  General manager Lou Lamoriello must clear in excess of $4 million before the Devils' opener against Dallas on October 8th, and Langenbrunner's name has been most routinely linked with a move away from the Garden State.

Langenbrunner is the sort of player New Jersey should try to desperately keep hold of as he is a well-respected presence both in the locker room and on the ice.  He's the sort of gritty worker who contributes much to the Devils cause that goes under the radar. Intangible qualities aren't always easy to spot, but those in the know understand Jamie's significant value.

Chemistry is another important factor in keeping Langenbrunner as Patrik Elias has spent significant time alongside his ...

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