Minneapolis, MN – As the WHL prepares for a short Olympic break, the Minnesota Rink Rats have announced that they have traded away disgruntled center Daymond Langkow in exchange for former Rink Rat, Jamie Langenbrunner. Langenbrunner returns to the club that traded him not more than 2 months ago in a deal that helped the Rats acquire Nathan Gerbe, David Jones & Yannick Weber. Langenbrunner will once again be named captain of the Rink Rats when Minnesota holds a press conference later today to welcome him back.
Both Langenbrunner and Langkow were crucial to Minnesota’s post-season run last season but neither lived up to expectations early on this season. Langkow was upset early in the season when he was replaced on the first line by rookie David Krejci and with a rash of recent trades in Niagara Falls, Langenbrunner found himself on the outside looking in on a crowded Icedogs lineup. Langenbrunner requested his trade after the Icedogs’ recent moves and GM Rink Rat was quick to show his interest in making a deal to reacquire the former captain.
While the Rink Rats feel comfortable with their current lineup, GM Rink Rat has expressed interest in one of his Team USA players. Rumors have swirled that the Rink Rats are looking at a young star and may move John-Michael Liles in exchange. Although nothing has been confirmed the Rats are serious about making some changes. They’ve updated their trading block and have included goaltending prospect Jimmy Howard. Howard will be ready for full-time duty next season and with good depth on the roster already, Howard could be expendable. Minnesota is looking for players who could play on one of their top lines in return or good prospects/picks.