Lou Lamoriello likes winning, but he doesn’t like to do it on the basis that all attention will be on one line. At least he didn’t in 2002 when he shipped off Jason Arnott along with Randy McKay and a first-round draft pick to the Dallas Stars for Jamie Langenbrunner and Joe Nieuwendyk.
At first the thought of losing their 2000 Stanley Cup clinching goal scorer seemed like a strange move for a team that had won two Cups since 1995, but whatever it was that the Devils saw in Langenbrunner became apparent in the 2002-2003 season.
That of course was all prior to his known moniker among Devils fans who have come to know the two-time Stanley Cup Champion as Captain Grumpypants since his departure.
In his first full season with the Devils, Langenbrunner put up a then career best 22 goals and 33 assists for 55 points in 78 regular season games, and continued to strive with his new club during their 2003 Stanley Cup Playoff appearance where he helped the team earn their third Cup and his second.
Langenbrunner finished the postseason with a league-high 11 goals and 18 points along with teammate Scott Niedermayer who collected 16 assists and two goals to tie Langenbrunner for the league leader. The 18 point total was the lowest NHL Playoff total since the 1968-69 season.
In 2011, Langenbrunner handed in the jersey for the team in which he captained since 2007, as the Devils traded him back to the Stars where he began his NHL career.