In the aftermath of Brent Sutter's arrival as new Head Coach of the New Jersey Devils, Jamie Langenbrunner was named the eighth team captain on December 5th, 2007. After recovering from an injury to begin the season, the Devils played without a captain until Sutter made the announcement and Langenbrunner took over for Patrik Elias.
Langenbrunner was captain of the team until his trade to the Dallas Stars on January 7th, 2011. During that time, the Devils had a really good regular season record of 155-122-20, for a win percentage of .520. Unfortunately, the team did not win a playoff series, going 5-12 while losing to the New York Rangers, Carolina Hurricanes and Philadelphia Flyers in consecutive years, following it up with last season's major disappointment.
It is safe to say his tenure as Captain had its share of highs and lows. Langenbrunner was Captain while the Devils won their 50th regular season game in a season for the first time, Martin Brodeur's 552nd career win and was an integral part of a team that had a lot of success during his reign as Captain.
On the other hand, the team never won a playoff series during that span and had as crushing a playoff series loss as I can imagine, having suffered through a Game Seven collapse to Carolina on April 27th, 2009, a date that will live in infamy for the Devils franchise, likely until another Stanley Cup extinguishes that demon.
Langebrunner earned the nickname "Captain America," for his time as captain of Team USA in the Vancouver Winter Olympics of 2010, helping to lead Team USA to a surprising silver medal. He was highly praised and recognized for his contributions to the team, both on and off the ice.
Langenbrunner also butted heads with coaches Brent Sutter and Jamie Langenbrunner, so its tough to say his tenure was 100 percent positive. All in all, he brought more good than bad, and earns the No. 5 spot in the rankings.