Thursday, January 6, 2011
Langenbrunner trade imminent
By Mike Mazzeo
NEWARK, N.J. -- The captain of the New Jersey Devils in on the verge of being traded.
Jamie Langenbrunner told the Newark Star-Ledger and the Bergen Record that he has been asked to waive his no-trade clause. He will not be in the lineup on Thursday night as the Devils take on the Philadelphia Flyers at the Prudential Center and a deal is imminent.
TSN's Bob McKenzie tweets that possible organizations Langenbrunner would likely waive his no-trade clause for include St. Louis, San Jose and Dallas.
Langenbrunner has recorded 14 points in 31 games this season. He is a minus-15.
The Philadelphia Inquirer is reporting that the Flyers have offered two draft picks in exchange for Langenbrunner, who apparently would like to stay on the East Coast. Philadelphia GM Paul Holmgren is in the building. For the record, the Devils and Flyers have never traded with one another. And New Jersey GM Lou Lamoriello may still be working the phones to see if he can get a better deal.
A trade of Langenbrunner could spell the end of an era and the start of a rebuilding movement for the Devils, who rank last in the NHL with 22 points. The 35-year-old is in the last year of his contract, and has clashed with interim coach Jacques Lemaire in the past.