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Langenbrunner hopes to remain a Blue

2012-06-30T16:09:00Z 2012-07-02T12:36:03Z Langenbrunner hopes to remain a BlueBY JEREMY RUTHERFORD stltoday.com
June 30, 2012 4:09 pm  • 

Jamie Langenbrunner will become an unrestricted free agent at 11 a.m. Sunday, and while it doesn't appear that he'll be re-signing with the Blues by then, the veteran forward said that he does want to remain in St. Louis. 

"The fact that it's almost (Sunday), it's likely that'll happen," Langenbrunner said of his pending free-agent status. "But in saying that, I'm not really about moving my family all over the country. We like it (in St. Louis) and my thought is hopefully that will work out ... today, tomorrow, or next week. The season doesn't start tomorrow."

The Blues remain interested in Langenbrunner, who will be 37 on July 24. The right winger is coming off a one-year, $2.5 million contact which he signed during free agency last summer. He was named an assistant captain and became an integral part of the club's leadership, a player who Blues coach Ken Hitchcock credited for making the early-season coaching change smoother. 

"Jamie is like a coach in the locker room," Hitchcock said recently. "He's able to project our message without us saying anything. He knows what the message is without having a meeting. That's a real ally for us."

Accepting a lesser offensive role, Langenbrunner didn't put up strong scoring numbers, but he chipped in six goals and 24 points, while posting a plus-7, in 70 regular-season games. If re-signed, Langenbrunner projects to play a bigger role on special teams, according to Hitchcock.

"On the ice, the thing I would like to use Jamie more on, I would like to use him in a role that Kirk Muller played for us in Dallas ... in front of the net on the power play," Hitchcock said. "He's got great hand-eye coordination and I think that's what we need at the front of the net on the power play. I'd like to see him play more minutes on the power play next year."

Again, that's if he remains a Blue. Langenbrunner still hopes that it can happen.

"We're trying to work through a few (contract) things," he said. "It's a place I enjoyed last year and a team I really enjoyed playing for. We made good strides and we're going in the right direction."

 

 

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