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Langenbrunner would love a shot with the Wild


Veteran forward Jamie Langenbrunner would like to continue his NHL career. And if possible, he’d like to do it with his home state’s Minnesota Wild.

“I’ve been pushing my (agent) to do some talking (to the Wild) for me,” Langenbrunner told the Duluth News Tribune. “That would, obviously, be the ideal situation from a family standpoint.”

How the Wild feel about signing a 37-year-old who underwent season-ending hip surgery in February isn’t clear.

Post operation, Langenbrunner says he’s feeling “as good as I have as far as skating.”

“It’s great to get to a point where there’s no pain skating, and I’m looking forward to continuing my training this summer and see where it takes me,” he added.

Langenbrunner joined the Blues in 2011 after having success with the Dallas and New Jersey organizations. His first season in St. Louis went reasonably well — he appeared in 70 games, scoring six goals and 18 assists — but last year was a write-off, with just four appearances, no goals and one assist.

If we were to guess, Langenbrunner is most likely to get a tryout, as teams will be hesitant to commit without seeing what he can do in a preseason game.

Related: Blues won’t offer Langenbrunner new deal

Eriksson happy to join B’s after ‘weird’ year in Dallas

Loui Eriksson

Loui Eriksson was introduced to the Boston media on Monday — via conference call — and said his first order of business as a Bruin is to make up for a lacklustre season.

His words, not ours.

“It was a weird year,” the former Stars alternate captain said of last season, as per CSNNE. “I played on a lot of different lines and never really got that full confidence.”

“I’m looking forward to getting ready and having a good season [in Boston].”

Eriksson had a decent 2013 campaign — 29 points in 48 games, averaging over 20 minutes per game — but his points-per-game average dipped to 0.60, his lowest since 2007-08.

Why? Well, perhaps the revolving door in Dallas finally caught up to him.

The Stars were hardly a model of consistency during Eriksson’s time with the organization. He played under three head coaches in four years (Dave Tippett, Marc Crawford, Glen Gulutzan) and was in line to have a fourth when Lindy Ruff took over in late June.

Roster-wise, turnover was high as well.

Eriksson’s breakout campaign — 2008-09, when he scored a career-high 36 goals — came on a Stars team featuring Mike Ribeiro, Brad Richards, Steve Ott, Brenden Morrow and James Neal.

None of those guys lasted in Dallas past the 2011-12 season.

Along the way (from ’09-’12), the likes of Jamie Langenbrunner, Adam Burish, Michael Ryder, Jaromir Jagr and Sheldon Souray all came and left.

Needless to say, Eriksson is ready to join a team with a little more stability and presence.

“[Boston’s] a good hockey town. I’ve heard good things about the whole city,” he explained. “I’ll be ready to play there, and it will be awesome.”

Report: Blues won’t offer Langenbrunner new deal

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Jamie Langenbrunner wants to play another year in the NHL, but knows it won’t be in St. Louis.

Langenbrunner, 37, has been informed by Blues management he won’t be offered a contract for next season, according to TrueHockey’s Andy Strickland.

“I don’t think I’m in their plans,” said Langenbrunner, who has been with the Blues for the last two seasons.

Langenbrunner joined the Blues in 2011-12 after 15 years with the Dallas and New Jersey organizations. His first season in St. Louis went well — he appeared in 70 games, racking up six goals and 18 assists — but last season was a write-off.

He returned to St. Louis on a one-year, $1.5 million deal but had half the year wiped out due to the lockout. When play resumed, he was repeatedly made a healthy scratch before suffering a hip injury that required season-ending surgery.

Langenbrunner told Strickland he’d like to keep playing, and the Blues haven’t closed the door on inviting him to 2013-14 training camp on a professional try-out.

There’s also the possibility Langenbrunner could try to catch on with the Minnesota Wild. He’s friends with Zach Parise from their days in New Jersey and grew up in Minnesota, emerging as a local high school star before joining OHL Peterborough.

Facing ‘critical point’ of season, Blues will start rookie Allen on Thursday


Safe to say nobody predicted this.

With the St. Louis facing what GM Doug Armstrong is calling a ‘critical’ point of the season, the Blues will start 22-year-old rookie netminder Jake Allen against the Phoenix Coyotes on Thursday.

Allen, recalled from AHL Peoria late Tuesday night, has just a 3-1 record this year. But that won’t prevent him from jumping ahead of Jaroslav Halak and Brian Elliott — who won the Jennings Trophy last year for lowest goals-against average — in the pecking order.

“I think it’s certainly a short season now, we’re in a very critical point and our goaltending to this point in the year hasn’t been to the standard that’s necessary to consistently win games,” Armstrong told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “Jake came up and played very well when he was here, and the team responded by playing very well in front of him.”

While the Allen move only partially reflects it, it’s clear the Blues are a desperate team right now.

Wildly inconsistent goaltending and injuries to Jamie Langenbrunner, Vladimir Tarasenko, Andy McDonald and Alex Steen have all but erased memories of St. Louis’ red-hot start to the season — the Blues went 6-1-0 in their first seven games.

Since then, they’ve gone 5-8-2 and now boast a 3.00 goals-against average, seventh-worst in the NHL.

Armstrong said that starting Allen over Halak and Elliott might not be fair but, with the season potentially slipping away, he needs to play his best goalie.

“We need to stabilize and gain confidence that we can win 2-1 and 3-2 games,” he explained. “Not to make excuses for Brian or Jaro, but there was no training camp basically, they did not play during the lockout. But Jake has played and when he was in there, he was the sharpest in the group.

“Normally you give opportunities to work through situations, but in the environment we’re in right now it’s difficult to allow that because every point is so critical.”

Blues’ McDonald on IR, Steen day-to-day after costly practice

Andy McDonald

Tuesday’s practice proved costly for the St. Louis Blues.

Today, the club announced two key forwards would be lost after suffering injuries during yesterday’s drills — Andy McDonald is listed as week-to-week with left knee ailment while Alex Steen is day-to-day with an upper-body injury.

McDonald, 35, is one of the club’s alternate captains and has 11 points in 18 games this year but has been besieged by injury over the last two seasons, missing 57 games last year with a concussion and bruised right shoulder.

In 2010-11 he missed 24 with concussion issues.

Steen, 28, is also an alternate captain and leads the team in scoring this year with 16 points. Like McDonald, he too has had his fair share of injuries over the last while — he missed 39 games last year with a concussion and 10 games in 2010-11 with an ankle injury.

How the Blues react to losing two of their top scorers remains to be seen.

Rookie sensation Vladimir Tarasenko, tied for third in goals (six), is still out with a concussion and veteran forward Jamie Langenbrunner is out for the year after undergoing hip surgery in early February.

Earlier today, reports surfaced that GM Doug Armstrong had spoken with Philadelphia about the availability of Daniel Briere.


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