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Jamie Langenbrunner Injury: Blues Star to Undergo Possible Season-Ending Surgery

GLENDALE, AZ - MARCH 25:  Jamie Langenbrunner #15 of the St Louis Blues during the NHL game against the Phoenix Coyotes at Arena on March 25, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona.  The Blues defeated the Coyotes 4-0.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Ethan GrantAnalyst IFebruary 9, 2013

Two-time Stanley Cup champion and St. Louis Blues wing Jamie Langenbrunner is reportedly set to undergo hip surgery in the coming days, a move that could sideline him for the rest of the 2012-13 season.

The Blues announced the news on Saturday night and confirmed it on Twitter:

St. Louis Post-Dispatch writer Jeremy Rutherford also weighed in on the news, noting that while the team sees Langenbrunner as "out indefinitely," the worst-case scenario is almost a given, considering the surgery would lead to a five- to six-month rehabilitation process:

Rutherford followed the news up with an interview with the 18-year-veteran on Saturday, and he acknowledged that the injury could force him to retire rather than return for another full season:

During the lockout, while spending time with his family, Langenbrunner claimed to have overcome the fear of retirement, and he acknowledged Saturday that the possibility exists that he has played his last game.

"Yeah, you think about it," he said.

Langenbrunner will be an unrestricted free agent this summer after signing a one-year, $1.25 million deal to remain with the Blues last summer. A decorated veteran and noted leader, Langenbrunner has totaled 1,109 games, 243 goals and 663 points in his NHL career.

He has played in just four games this season.

As a member of the Dallas Stars, he won his first Stanley Cup in 1999. After being traded to the New Jersey Devils, he won another in 2003 and went on to captain the team from 2007-2011.

He was also the captain of the silver medal-winning 2010 U.S. Olympic team.

Langenbrunner last played on Tuesday, when he saw just 10 minutes of action as he felt numbness in his leg during his last shift. We'll continue to update his status as more news becomes available, but as of right now, things don't look good for Langenbrunner's 2013.

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