Blues sign Arnott and Langenbrunner

Some might refer to it as a desperate measure but the St. Louis Blues are feeling mighty confident after signing two aging free agents in forwards, Jason Arnott and Jamie Langenbrunner. Both will be looked upon to make up for the offence that was lost when veteran scorer, Paul Kariya, still plagued by concusson symptoms, decided to retire. Arnott, who is 36 years-old, has a proven track record, which has seen him score 400 goals and over 900 points during his 17 years in the league. Still the fact can’t be ignored that Arnott, who was a former Edmonton Oilers first round draft pick, has shown signs of declining, which includes a 31 point season last year while playing with the New Jersey Devils and Washington Capitals. Arnott, who had his best season in Dallas with the Stars in 2006 (76 points), signed a one year deal, which included a $300,000 bonus clause along with a no-trade clause. Meanwhile Langenbrunner, who is a year younger, is coming off a disappointing season which saw him score only nine goals and 32 points in 70 games with the Stars and Devils. Langenbrunner is getting the same salary as Arnott, except the no-trade policy. In his career Langenbrunner has scored 237 goals and 638 total points. The Blues, who missed the playoffs last spring, have also resigned forwards, T.J. Oshie and Matt D’Agostini.

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