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Today may have been the busiest day for the St. Louis Blues in quite some time. After being relatively quiet during free agency, the Blues decided to resign veteran Jamie Langenbrunner for 1 year and almost at the same time it was announced that BJ Crombeen was traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning as well.
Langenbrunner is an important signing as he provides leadership on and off the ice. That is very important where many of the teams best players are under the age of 25 and new guys like Vladimir Tarasenko and Jaden Schwartz are becoming a part of the club now. Last season Langenbrunner finished the season with 6 goals, 18 assists, and a plus-7 in 70 games while playing mostly on the 3rd line. A leader with two Stanley Cup rings is someone the Blues need and will he is a guy that will continue to contribute to the Blues as well as helping the Blues young forwards develop into their full potential. Langenbrunner’s salary is $1,250,000 with $250,000 in incentives.
The Blues received the 2013 and 2014 4th round pick for BJ Crombeen and a 5th round pick. Crombeen was loved by his teammates for being willing to hit and drop the gloves when needed. He was a tough guy who, like Langenbrunner, brought leadership to the club. Even though he will be missed, this deal allows the Blues to make room for the newcomers of Tarasenko, Schwartz,or if the Blues decide to bring up someone from Peoria. Good luck in Tampa Beener!
Blues are in on Doan, but also hearing around the NHL that the Dallas Stars captain Brendan Morrow may be shopped around due to the Stars many acquisitions over the last couple weeks. I have heard the Blues may have an interest in Morrow.
That is about it for the day. Stay tuned for more Blues updates!