September 29, 2009
You remember the 1992 Phoenix Roadrunners, right? David Goverde in goal? Guy Leveque was the leading scorer with 27? A 26-50-6 record in the IHL under legendary former Atlanta Thrashers assistant coach Tim Bothwell?
Fast forward 15 years, and Lang is back in Phoenix, this time with the Phoenix Coyotes of the NHL. The club signed the veteran 38-year old center to a one-year contract earlier today.
The Coyotes signing Lang is sort of a perfect match: A broken down hockey vagabond no one really believes can remain healthy enough to succeed ... and Robert Lang.
The Montreal Canadiens were Lang's seventh NHL team, and he had 39 points in 50 games before he severed his Achilles tendon in a game against the Bruins and had season-ending surgery. It would be the most horrific thing to emerge from the Feb. 1 game, had it not been for those barber pole jerseys.
For the Coyotes, it's a welcome addition to an offense that needed another center and more self-starters -- Lang's an instant-offense guy. Plus, there are four Czechs in the locker room. Hope Hanzal and Michalek enjoy "when I was your age" stories ...