At 37, St. Louis Blues forward Jamie Langenbrunner signed a one-year, $1.25 million extension last summer that in all reality could be the swan song of his 17-year NHL career.
He’s made approximately $27.4 million over his career, but financially secure or not, a lockout isn’t the way he drew up the ending. Still, he stands by his union brethren. "It’s frustrating for everybody depending on what situation you’re in," he said. "Speaking for myself, it could be the last year and it’s not a lot of fun sitting out like this. On the other hand, I don’t think there’s any wavering in the way I feel about it. It wasn’t our choice to be locked out. We feel like we’ve given the opportunity for that to be taken care of. It’s frustrating, but unfortunately it’s what this business has turned into the last 15 years … these fights over stuff that maybe shouldn’t be that hard to figure out." Referencing retirement, he added, "It definitely crosses your mind, but I think this time also prepares you for it. I’ve gotten involved in coaching the kids’ teams and quite frankly, I’ve gotten to enjoy that aspect of it."
Sat, Dec 1, 2012 11:13:00 AM