Rumors are swirling around New Jersey Devils captain Jamie Langenbrunner after the announcement that Langenbrunner would be a healthy scratch for the team’s game against Philadelphia tonight leading many to believe that New Jersey is waiting to announce a trade for the two-time Stanley Cup winner.
“The fact that I’m not there tonight probably means a trade will be happening sooner rather than later,” Langenbrunner said according to the Newark Star-Ledger. “I’m in limbo waiting.”
Langenbrunner was not even in attendance at the Prudential Center for the game, according to the report, which also states that Langenbrunner has been in talks with New Jersey management recently about waiving his no-trade clause. Langenbrunner is set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1 when his five-year contract with the Devils expires.
The 35-year-old winger reportedly clashed with head coach Jacques Lemaire last season, who retired and then came out of retirement to coach the Devils again this season after the team fired head coach John MacLean on Dec. 23. It is not known yet if this is a factor in Langenbrunner’s reported decision to waive his no-trade clause.
One of the leading destinations appears to be Dallas, but speculation persists that Colorado, Toronto and Chicago may also be interested in his services. Regardless, Langenbrunner would be an excellent addition to any of these clubs in terms of offensive depth and veteran leadership.
In 996 career NHL games, Langenbrunner has totaled 232 goals and 388 assists for 620 career points. He has won Stanley Cups with both the New Jersey Devils and Dallas Stars and also claimed a Silver Medal at the Vancouver Olympic Games last February as the captain of Team USA.