Friday, January 7, 2011
Langenbrunner in limbo (UPDATE)
By Mike Hume
The notion of a devil in limbo is rather ironic, but that’s precisely where Jamie Langenbrunner finds himself after GM Lou Lamoriello asked the veteran forward, and team captain to waive his no-trade clause. And just like the biblical metaphor would suggest, the awkward in-between seems like a vast improvement from the hell that has been the Devils 2010-11 season.
Langenbrunner, who has previously clashed with interim coach Jacques Lemaire, is expected to waive his clause and a trade appears imminent. For now he remains on the roster, though he did not skate in Thursday night’s loss to the Philadelphia Flyers.
The Flyers, in fact, are one team that’s placed an offer on the table for the winger with a minus-15 rating and 14 points in 31 games this season. The offer is thought to be picks in the third and fifth round of this season’s draft. Given Philly’s high standing in the Eastern Conference, it’s likely that those picks will fall very near to the end of each round.
The true value of any Langenbrunner trade would come in the form of salary cap relief. The forward will make $2.8 million this season and shedding that weight would allow the Devils to add a new ingredient or two to their roster, though with an NHL-worst 22 points this particular season already seems lost.