RW Langenbrunner making season debut for Devils

Nov 15, 2007 - 12:02 AM NEWARK, New Jersey (Ticker) -- Veteran right wing Jamie Langenbrunner will be making his season debut for the New Jersey Devils against the New York Rangers on Wednesday night, two months after undergoing sports hernia surgery.

Langenbrunner missed the entire preseason and the first 17 games of the regular season for the Devils, who have struggled offensively without the second-line forward.

The 32-year-old Minnesota native is coming off a career season in which he ranked third on the team in scoring with 23 goals and 37 assists in 82 games. He led the club with 12 power-play tallies and seven game-winners.

Langenbrunner won a Stanley Cup championship with the Dallas Stars in 1999 but was traded to New Jersey with veteran center Joe Nieuwendyk for center Jason Arnott and right wing Randy McKay on March 19, 2002. A year later, he won another Cup with the Devils.

New Jersey also announced the signing of veteran center Erik Rasmussen to a professional tryout contract. The 30-year-old spent the last three seasons with the Devils, totaling three goals and seven assists in 71 games in 2006-07.

Rasmussen - the seventh overall pick in the 1996 draft by the Buffalo Sabres - was assigned to Lowell of the American Hockey League, where he will make his season debut on Saturday against Hartford.

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