Jamie Langenbrunner, the 37 year old forward who was a two-time Stanley Cup champion and captain of the 2010 U.S. Olympic team, will be out indefinitely with a torn labrum in his left hip that will require surgery. The typical rehab time is 5-6 months.
“I don’t want to end my career like this,” Langenbrunner said. “Hopefully I can get this done and have the six months of getting it back in shape and hopefully come back stronger and feel better when the summer comes. Hopefully I’ll play again next year.”
Langenbrunner’s last game was Tuesday night against Nashville, when he played 10:40. He has one assist in four games this season. Langenbrunner played with the Dallas Stars under current Blues coach Ken Hitchcock, and the New Jersey Devils before joining the Blues. He’ll become an unrestricted free agent in June.
The Blues got some positive news Sunday when the team activated goaltender Jaroslav Halak. He played in five games this season posting a 3-0-0 record including a 2.10 goals-against average and an .889 save percentage, and is tied for the NHL lead with two shutouts. He had been out with a groin injury. In his absence, the Blues were 0-3-1 since starting the season with six wins in their first seven games.
Brian Elliott has been struggling since the L.A. Kings knocked him and the Blues out of the playoffs. Last season the Blues were No. 1 in the NHL in save percentage (.929) and now they are last with an .857 save percentage. Last season Elliott ranked sixth in the league in save percentage. This year he’s 42nd.
The combination of Halak’s return and the Kings scoring woes are a good combination for the Blues. Los Angeles ranks 25th in goals per game (2.10) and is tied for the League-low in goals scored (21). Against the Red Wings on Sunday, the Kings took 47 shots on goalie Jimmy Howard, but managed only two goals in a loss.