The shortened season just got shorter for St. Louis Blues forward Jamie Langenbrunner. He announced today that he would be having hip surgery that will take him out for the rest of the season.
Langenbrunner said that pain in his hip had been bothering him for a few weeks, and it became excruciating during the Blues’ game against the Nashville Predators on February 5. An MRI revealed a torn labrum (an injury more common in the shoulder), and surgery was necessary.
“It’s obviously not a choice that I really wanted to have to make, but I pretty much didn’t have any option,” he said before the Blues played against the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday night.
Because the timetable for recovery from this kind of surgery is six months, Langenbrunner feels that having the surgery now will give him time to heal and be ready for next season. “I don’t want to end my career this way,” he 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.”
That hope is something to which he’s desperately clinging. Langenbrunner is 37, an age when hockey players begin taking the eventual end to their careers one season at a time. It’s much too soon to speculate if he’ll come back to the Blues and hockey in general or decide that his body can’t take any more punishment.
Langenbrunner had signed a one-year extension with the Blues last summer. He played in only four games this season, earning a lone assist.