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Young Blues sign vets Arnott, Langenbrunner

Posted on: July 6, 2011 1:20 pm
Edited on: July 6, 2011 5:47 pm
 

By Brian Stubits

The St. Louis Blues have spent the majority of their offseason trying to re-sign their own free agents. On Wednesday, however, they dipped into the free-agent market as they announced the signing of center Jason Arnott and Jamie Langenbrunner to one-year deals. They have matching contracts of $2.5 million, plus $300,000 in bonuses.

The Blues have a young core all around, and they did their best to keep it intact over the past few weeks. Now, they add a pair of veterans to the mix and put the pieces in place to build solid depth. Most importantly, though, the veterans will serve as mentors to their growing teammates.

Arnott ended last season with the Capitals after starting in New Jersey. His stints with the two teams yielded 17 goals and 14 assists. It was his lowest goal total since 1997-98. It's pretty safe to say he's on the back-end of his career, but the Blues are banking on a little production (of course, they'd take more) and a lot of leading.

Langenbrunner's story is much of the same. Last season with Dallas, the former captain of Team USA scored nine goals with 23 assists, his lowest number of goals since he played 12 games as a rookie in 1995-96.

There isn't a whole lot of risk in either move for the Blues, and they could instead prove invaluable to the growth of the team.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 16, 2011 6:55 am
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Since: May 7, 2011
Posted on: July 7, 2011 3:48 pm
 

Young Blues sign vets Arnott, Langenbrunner

The signing of both Arnott and Langenbrunner were a couple of good moves made by the Blues. Hopefully it turns out to be a good move on the ice as far as winning and making the playoffs goes.



Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: July 7, 2011 10:53 am
 

Young Blues sign vets Arnott, Langenbrunner

Just when I'm ready to write off Armstrong as a knucklehead, he gives me hope that he'll be able to put a coherent plan together that may be able to get a budget restrained team competitive enough to make the postseason.   All those high skill prospects and young players have wasted two seasons because of the lack of serious veteran leadership and experience.   Tkachuk had been thinking about retirement, Brewer lost interest, etc.   Last year was a waste because he didn't make signings like these.  STL is not likely to be a playoff team again, but I think these signings, albeit a little too high, will be good for the team long term.



Since: Jul 7, 2011
Posted on: July 7, 2011 9:47 am
 

Young Blues sign vets Arnott, Langenbrunner

Good move by blues,but they always seem just short of being at a championship level. It looks like a +500 team that can compete in the middle of the NHL. Their great youth has to be more consistant.




Since: Feb 4, 2008
Posted on: July 6, 2011 9:24 pm
 

Young Blues sign vets Arnott, Langenbrunner

this just improves their core(by havin vet mentors) just like the Johnson trade did.



Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: July 6, 2011 8:50 pm
 

Bad Moves

Over paid for two over-the-hill veterans.  



Since: Dec 25, 2009
Posted on: July 6, 2011 8:07 pm
 

Young Blues sign vets Arnott, Langenbrunner

Outstanding!!! As a Blues fan I like the addition of experience to this young team. I have also always liked .

Now with him on our team at least we will hear the in game announcer yell out "!!!!" when ever he gets a goal or assist.

Love it :-)




Since: May 28, 2009
Posted on: July 6, 2011 7:21 pm
 

Young Blues sign vets Arnott, Langenbrunner

Outstanding signings Blues!



Since: Nov 5, 2007
Posted on: July 6, 2011 6:57 pm
 

Young Blues sign vets Arnott, Langenbrunner

These moves always work out.

You bring in a veteran to help a young talented group grow. And then when the offers start flying in, you pick up draft picks and prospects when other teams making a cup run are looking for these types of players to trade for.

It should add up to a win-win.

(Not to say the Blues don't have a shot in 2011-12)



Since: May 22, 2011
Posted on: July 6, 2011 6:29 pm
 

Young Blues sign vets Arnott, Langenbrunner

Both are great ,stand up guys and I wish them both a great season. On the other hand I dislike the team and could care less about the Blues' upcoming season.


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