The Stars have reacquired right winger Jamie Langenbrunner from the New Jersey Devils for a few draft picks.
The Stars get: a two-way forward with a track record of strong playoff production. However, of Langenbrunner’s 33 career playoff goals (in 137 games), 21 of them have come in two seasons. He seems to be a feast or famine type of player. At the age of 35 the legs aren’t as good as they used to be, but he still has a nose for the net. Perhaps a change in scenery will reenergize him – he has looked miserable all season captaining the Devils.
The Devils get: A conditional 2nd round pick in 2011 if Dallas either signs Langenbrunner before July 1st (he is an impending UFA) or they make it past the first round in the postseason. The two teams also agreed to swap conditional picks in the 2012 draft.
Fantasy Players Impacted: Obviously, this move helps Langenbrunner . He will be tried out on the wing with Morrow and Ribeiro. He is probably a better fit on a checking line (perhaps with Steve Ott and Tom Wandell), but Dallas will want to see if they can get some production out of him first. In New Jersey, it opens up some power play time for David Clarkson, as well as a roster spot for one of the rookies. The Devils are far from done.
Players this helps, in order:
1. David Clarkson
2. Mattias Tedenby
3. Steve Ott
Players this hurts, in order:
1. Jamie Benn