New York, NY - Jamie Langenbrunner re-joined the Dallas Stars in their playoff push on Friday night. The former Devils Captain arrived during the Rangers 3-2 shootout victory over Dallas. This sends a clear sign to all fans of the Devils that it is officially rebuilding time.
General manager Lou Lamoriello also probably had to clear up some cap room with the huge contract that he gave to Ilya Kovalchuk in the off season. Supposedly according to the GM the team is not rebuilding, but if trading away one of the faces of the team for a Draft pick doesn’t say that your rebuilding, then what does.
But does this trade fix the problems that the Devils have had in this 2010-11 season. They traded away a proven winner. He also gave the team 100 percent every time he hit the ice. For New Jersey this is the type of player that they are missing this troublesome season.
No longer do the Devils have the names like Ken Daneyko, or guys like Brian Rafalski. Heck they could even use a guy like Paul Martin or Mike Rupp to give them quality grind it out time on the ice. Langenbrunner was one of those type of guys offensively and he will be missed by New Jersey.
There have been many moves made from a team that used to be known as one of the smartest in the NHL. Lately most fans must be scratching their heads over what will happen next or who will be traded.
The people of the front office staff will have to do a lot more then trade Langenbrunner to fix this sinking ship. If not then this awful trend of losing may last for a very long time to come.