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Grit, Determination and Leadership.
The captain of the New Jersey Devils, Langenbrunner isn't in the best situation right now. The Devils are sitting at 29th in the league with almost everyone on pace for career worst years, Langenbrunner included. While Lagenbrunner's stock may be falling, another team free of the Devils clear-cut personel problems could be exactly what he needs.
At 35-years-old, the heart-and-soul winger isn't getting any younger. However, a player with his grit, experience, leadership and determination isn't available everyday. Who better to teach Phil Kessel how to go to the tough areas than a fellow American and one of the hardest working players in the NHL.
At 2.8 million, Langenbrunner could be a steal should he pick up his play. Currently on pace for 33 points, the pugnacious winger is in a funk. While this could be due to the wear and tear of 15 years in the League, Ilya Kovalchuk is on pace for just 46 points so clearly there is a problem on the Jersey shore.
The pieces to such as deal could be less costly than many think. Patrik Elias has always wanted to play with Tomas Kaberle, perhaps a deal could be reached to achieve this end. Kaberle for Langenbrunner and maybe a swap of draft picks could be a reasonable return for a defenceman who controls whether he stays or goes.
If all it costs for getting Langenbrunner is Kaberle, I would say picking up a proven leader who lead the USA to the Olympic finals wouldn't be so bad. Add in a swap of some picks and the trade is relatively low risk as Langenbrunner goes UFA this summer.