On Wednesday afternoon, St. Louis Blues General Manager Doug Armstrong announced that the team added a pair of veteran forwards, signing Jason Arnott and Jamie Langenbrunner to one-year deals.
The two players have a combined 32 years of NHL experience and three Stanley Cups championships. Before the signing, the Blues had one of the league’s youngest rosters with an average age of 27, which boasted only three guys over the age of 30. The Blues hope they will contribute more than just stats.
The 36-year-old Arnott finished last season with 13 goals and 11 assists with the New Jersey Devils and Washington Capitals, who picked him up at the deadline for Dave Steckel and a 2012 conditional second-round draft pick. Arnott has an impressive resume that includes 400 goals and 504 assists in 1,172 games, despite the fact he is on the downward slope of his career. He has been a key performer in the playoffs in the past and even helped lead the New Jersey Devils to a Stanley Cup in 2000. This past postseason, he had 4 goals and 3 assists in 11 playoff games with the Capitals.
Langenbrunner is the younger of the two at 35 years of age and also boasts an impressive resume. He has won two Stanley Cups, one with the Dallas Stars in 1999 and the other with the Devils in 2003. Last season was a very disappointing one, especially after the Devils traded him to the Stars for a third-round pick on Jan. 7. Langenbrunner finished the season with 9 goals and 23 assists, just one year after putting up an impressive 61 points in New Jersey.
“Jason is a veteran forward and a Stanley Cup champion who will be a valuable addition to our club. He's a proven leader and we are excited that he has decided to wear the Bluenote," Armstrong said.
The Blues suffered a big loss just last week, when Paul Kariya announced his retirement. Though he didn’t play last season, the team hopes the duo of Arnott and Langenbrunner can replace the leadership on the ice and in the locker room that Kariya brought to the franchise. It isn’t outside the realm of possibility for Langenbrunner to come in, impress the coaching staff and earn the captaincy, a title he held in New Jerseys for several seasons.
The terms of the contracts have not officially been released at this time.