The New Jersey Devils are close to trading former captain Jamie Langenbrunner.
The Devils have been actively engaged in trade talks and are said to have gone into the morning mulling offers from the Dallas Stars, Philadelphia Flyers and St. Louis Blues, according to sources.
The Stars and Flyers have emerged as the front runners for Langenbrunner with the 35 year old winger expected to be dealt back to the Dallas Stars this morning.
Langenbrunner, 35, has 4 goals and 14 points on the season, along with a minus-15 rating. Langenbrunner, however, collected 61 points in 81 games last season for the Devils. He has scored 103 goals since the lockout and based off the leaguewide interest, executives believe he can get back to his level from last season.
The Newark-Star Ledger on Thursday mentioned the Penguins as one of the teams expressing interest but those with knowledge of the situation denied to Inside Pittsburgh Sports that the Penguins were involved in any trade talks with New Jersey or had interest in Langenbrunner.
Sources indicate that GM Lou Lamoreillo approached Pittsburgh earlier this week as Langenbrunner first expressed interest in only accepting a trade to a Cup contender in the Eastern Conference but he is said to have now backed off that demand with the Stars now heavily involved.
Updated: Langenbrunner has been traded back to Dallas for a conditional 3rd round pick. The draft pick can improve based on how far the Stars go in the playoffs or if the Stars resign Langenbrunner before July 2.
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