Two-time Stanley Cup champion and St. Louis Blues wing Jamie Langenbrunner is reportedly set to undergo hip surgery in the coming days, a move that could sideline him for the rest of the 2012-13 season.
The Blues announced the news on Saturday night and confirmed it on Twitter:
St. Louis Post-Dispatch writer Jeremy Rutherford also weighed in on the news, noting that while the team sees Langenbrunner as "out indefinitely," the worst-case scenario is almost a given, considering the surgery would lead to a five- to six-month rehabilitation process:
BREAKING: #stlblues forward Jamie Langenbrunner has a torn labrum in his left hip. He will undergo surgery, out for the season.Story soon.— Jeremy Rutherford (@jprutherford) February 10, 2013
Rutherford followed the news up with an interview with the 18-year-veteran on Saturday, and he acknowledged that the injury could force him to retire rather than return for another full season:
During the lockout, while spending time with his family, Langenbrunner claimed to have overcome the fear of retirement, and he acknowledged Saturday that the possibility exists that he has played his last game.
"Yeah, you think about it," he said.
Langenbrunner will be an unrestricted free agent this summer after signing a one-year, $1.25 million deal to remain with the Blues last summer. A decorated veteran and noted leader, Langenbrunner has totaled 1,109 games, 243 goals and 663 points in his NHL career.
He has played in just four games this season.
He was also the captain of the silver medal-winning 2010 U.S. Olympic team.
Langenbrunner last played on Tuesday, when he saw just 10 minutes of action as he felt numbness in his leg during his last shift. We'll continue to update his status as more news becomes available, but as of right now, things don't look good for Langenbrunner's 2013.