Should the Rangers Have Gone for Langenbrunner?

January 7, 2011, by

Given the various Ranger injuries, and the veteran presence Jamie Langenbrunner would have provided I think the Rangers should have gone after him. Now, whether the veteran Devil would have waived his no trade clause to go to the Rangers is another thing. It’s even less likely that the Devils would have dealt their captain to their Arch Rivals and superior division opponents now or ever. However, Langenbrunner – or someone similar – would be an ideal addition once the Rangers look like locking up a playoff spot. Adding a veteran presence, a player that has playoff pedigree and one that doesn’t cost a ton (don’t forget Langenbrunner’s $2.8m salary is prorated) would be a great addition to the Blueshirts and one that would help them win a few rounds.

Would you be willing to give up a conditional third if it meant a deep playoff run? I know the Rangers have drafted well in the middle rounds in recent years but if you could do that deal I think you do it without question. Langenbrunner’s move and the recent move of Marco Sturm to LA, means less options at the deadline and may affect or set the price for other players as teams jostle for veteran help. The Rangers should be looking to add a veteran, not at the expense of the good prospects the organisation have, nor a high draft pick, but a draft pick or expendable pieces should be moved for additional help. Hopefully the Rangers are in a position in a month’s time to add a player for a playoff run. Hopefully a player with the experience and at the cost of Jamie Langenbrunner.

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  1. Dave says:

    A Langenbrunner type would be a nice fit, depending on who goes the other way for the Rangers. However, should it be assumed that Prospal would fit that mold?

    • jurgenno88 says:

      good point on Vinny though I’m still waiting to see how an old body like his reacts to the long lay off. fingers crossed.

  2. PuckCentral.net says:

    Like you said, it wasn’t ever going to happen even if the NYR were interested.

    In the 25 year history of the Devils there has been no trades between them and the NY Rangers. They weren’t about to trade their captain to us.

    • jurgenno88 says:

      The post, while liking the idea of him in NY, was just as much about the idea of adding a veteran scorer/depth to the Rangers. If Gaborik finds his form, Henrik peaks at the right time and they add a little more veteran depth, once they get to the playoffs this can be a very dangerous team.

    • Brian says:

      I can’t see the Devils trade their captain to us either – he would be a good fit but it just isn’t realistic.

  3. Section 121 says:

    I know everyone’s saying it’s good to have too many options for injecting players into the lineup but there comes a point when too many options could be detrimental. If our young core doesn’t continue to get playing time and build chemistry through adversity together, then we can’t expect much from them in the years down the road.

    There’s plenty of options for the Rangers with players on the Whale and when returning players get healthy.

    I’m all for a deep run in the playoffs but let these guys who have been the heart and soul of the team make it happen. One player, especially a declining vetern, will not make the difference for a deep run. Besides we have or had those players such as Drury and White. Too many chiefs is not a good thing.

  4. Dave says:

    One thing is for sure; with the Devils getting Langenbrunner, there is no way they are dealing Richards.