St. Louis Blues forward Jamie Langenbrunner is lost for the season after suffering a torn labrum in his left hip, needing season-ending surgery that could signal the end of his 18-year NHL career, according to Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
"Not exactly the way you envision things," Langenbrunner said. "You battle through the lockout, try to get yourself ready to go and then obviously the body didn't cooperate. But it's something hopefully you get taken care of, hopefully you feel that much better and you're able to try going at it next year."
Langenbrunner appeared in 70 games with the Blues last season before signing a one-year, $1.25 million contract for the 2012-2013 season. The veteran forward stated that the injury was something he'd been working through but surgery had become the final option after losing too much strength in his hip.
The 37-year old forward began his career with the Dallas Stars, making his NHL debut in 1995 and quickly becoming a staple on the talented Stars teams of the late 1990's, winning a Stanley Cup in 1999. Langenbrunner was traded, along with Joe Nieuwendyk, to the New Jersey Devils in 2002 and won another Cup in 2003.
Langenbrunner would be the Devils team captain from 2007 to 2011, when he was traded back to the Stars for 39 games in the second half of the 2010-2011 season.
In just four games this season, Langenbrunner had one assist and five shots on goal. In 1,109 NHL games, Langenbunner has 243 goals and 663 points.