Literally about 15 minutes after I posted yesterday whining about how the Blues’ free agent moves, while ok, weren’t groundbreaking, the team goes and signs Jason Arnott and Jamie Langenbrunner. Think the Blues’re excited?
Anywho, I’m very happy with Arnott’s acquisition. It’s been a bit since he’s played a full season, but he’s still more than capable of scoring. Also, he’s a big center who, when given the right linemates, can set up a goal or 20. He’s veteran leadership that this teams’ been lacking since Keith Tkachuk retired, but with 99% less pudding/doughnut jokes.
Langenbrunner’s better known for his locker-room antics last year in New Jersey than anything he did on the ice in 2010-2011. It’s no secret that the situation to start the year for the Devils was generally terrible, but it’s been rumored that Langenbrunner, as their captain, might have added to some toxicity. Hopefully he’ll find the situation in St. Louis more to his liking (the team’s significantly less inept than the Devils were last season), because we don’t need any bad attitude rubbing off on the kids.