Devils deal Langenbrunner

Jamie Langenbrunner is heading back to the team he spent his first seven-plus seasons with. (QMI...

Jamie Langenbrunner is heading back to the team he spent his first seven-plus seasons with. (QMI Agency/Tony Caldwell)

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FRISCO, Tex. -- The Dallas Stars have acquired veteran forward Jamie Langenbrunner from the New Jersey Devils in exchange for a conditional 2011 third-round draft pick.

Langenbrunner broke into the NHL with the Stars in 1995 and played with Dallas until Mar. 19, 2002 when he was dealt to the Devils as part of a package that included forward Joe Nieuwendyk, who is currently the Stars' general manager. The Stars had received Jason Arnott, who is back again with the Devils, Randy McKay and a draft pick in that deal.

"We are very excited to add Jamie to our team," said Nieuwendyk. "He fits the mold of the type of players we want on this roster -- strong work ethic, tough, passionate and hard to play against. All of our fans got to see first-hand what kind of a player Jamie is when he broke into the league in the '90s and was part of our Stanley Cup team in 1999. We are thrilled to be able to bring him back to Dallas."

The 35-year-old Langenbrunner had been the Devils' captain since December 2007. Rumours of a trade first began on Thursday night when Langenbrunner was listed as a healthy scratch for the contest against Philadelphia.

Langenbrunner posted just four goals and 14 points in 31 games this season for the struggling Devils, who are off to their worst start in more than 25 years and are apparently beginning a salary purge.

Dallas, meanwhile, enters Friday's action in first place in the Pacific Division.

The two-time Stanley Cup winner had reportedly clashed last year with head coach Jacques Lemaire, who retired after the season but was brought back on Dec. 23 after first-year coach John MacLean was fired.

Langenbrunner compiled 142 goals and 243 assists for 385 points in 564 games with the Devils. He has appeared in 996 career games and notched 232 goals with 388 assists for 620 points.

"When it's a quality person who has given you what Jamie has given, been part of success, a Stanley Cup, then certainly (the trade) is difficult," said Devils CEO Lou Lamoriello. "But if it were easy, anybody could do some of these things we have to do. Unfortunately, the decision with the status that we're in, is being made for the right reasons."

A Minnesota native, Langenbrunner was a second-round pick of Dallas back in 1993. He spent his first seven-plus seasons with the Stars, winning a Stanley Cup title in 1999. After joining the Devils, he also won a Cup with New Jersey in 2003.

Langenbrunner captained Team USA to a silver medal at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.


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