Everyone seemed to know some sort of deal was going down yesterday, when Jamie Langenbrunner was a healthy scratch in the game against the Flyers, and reports were coming in that he had been asked to waive his no-trade clause.
Now, we know the details of the move.
Langenbrunner, who was acquired along with Joe Nieuwendyk from the Stars for Jason Arnott, Randy McKay and a first round pick on March 19th of 2002, will be returning to Dallas. The Devils visit Dallas on February 22nd.
The Devils will receive a conditional third round pick for Langenbrunner, who was originally a second round pick (35th overall) of the Stars in the 1993 draft. A conditional pick can become higher based on things like the Stars playoff success.
UPDATE: The conditions on the pick are as follows: If the Stars win a playoff series, it becomes a 2011 second round pick. If they don’t but Langenbrunner re-signs with Dallas, the Devils swap their 2012 third round pick for Dallas’ 2012 second round pick. If Dallas doesn’t win a round and doesn’t re-sign Langenbrunner, then the Devils get a third.
Click here for audio of today’s conference call about the trade.
Langenbrunner was set to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, so getting something for him now makes sense.
Langenbrunner had been the Devils captain since December 5th, 2007. No word on who, if anyone, will take on that role for the team in the near future.
You have to feel that this is just the start of a few moves the Devils will make to shake things up in the middle of one of the worst seasons in their history.
More details as they come in.