(HockeyStL) -- The Blues announced Jamie Langenbrunner will need surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left hip and will miss the rest of the season.
Doctors have told Langebrunner that the wear-and-tear over his career is more likely to blame than a single play. The injury has been more bothersome over the last couple of weeks, Langenbrunner said.
Asked if it came as a surprise: “No. Fortunately we have a great staff that knows a lot about what’s going on, but unfortunately we kind of had the idea before we had to do anything of what it was. Anytime you get that kind of news, it’s a little bit of a surprise but I was given a little bit of a heads up.”
Langenbrunner, 37, has posted one assist in four games played this season and has been a viable option for the Blues during the shortened season.
Acquired as a free agent after the 2010-11 season, Langenbrunner has played in 18 seasons in the NHL and posted 663 points (243 goals, 420 assists) in 1,109 games played. He posted 24 points (six goals, 18 assists) in 70 games last season for the Blues.
The Minnesota native became the 21st American-born player to play in 1,100 games on March 27, 2012.