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Friday, January 7, 2011
Langenbrunner excited about return to Dallas

By Mark Stepneski

Here are some quotes from Jamie Langenbrunner, who is returning to the Dallas Stars after being acquired from New Jersey for a conditional third round draft pick this morning.

On coming to Dallas: “I am excited to come to back. Dallas gave me my start in the NHL and I have a lot of great memories of playing for that organization and in that city. I am excited about where that team is headed and excited to come be a part of it.”

On leaving New Jersey: “We had high expectations coming into this season, like we do every year, and obviously we have not lived up to that. It’s been a very difficult few months for all of us. It’s been home seven, eight years now for me. The organization has been great to me and given me lots of opportunities. I won a Stanley Cup with these guys here and I have a lot of great friends here, so it’s going to be hard leaving that. On the other hand, I see what Joe [Nieuwendyk] is doing down there in Dallas, the team he is building and it’s something that really excites me.”

On where he fits with the Stars: “I’ll learn more when I get there and speak to the coaching staff. I am going to come there and be who I am. I’ve always considered myself a leader in a certain way. They’re doing a lot of good things there and I am going to come in there and support what Brenden [Morrow’s] got going from a leadership standpoint. I am going to do what I can to play the game I know how to play. If that’s stepping in on the third line, fourth line, second line or whatever they need me to do. I have no issues. Obviously it’s a team that’s worked hard to put themselves in a good position and I just want to come in and support that.”