TORONTO -- At the risk of turning this into Ilya Kovalchuk day on Puck Daddy (again), I grabbed New Jersey Devils captain Jamie Langenbrunner(notes) at the World Hockey Summit in Toronto and got a couple of quotes about the Kovalchuk situation.
Here's Langenbrunner on this summer of uncertainty for New Jersey:
"Well, I think the fact that none of us are really around the whole situation makes it a little bit easier to deal with. But it's frustrating. It's frustrating to watch, that your general manager can't run the team the way he wants to, or with the way the owners see fit. It's frustrating that teams have to go to these lengths to build teams.
"I hope it comes to a pretty speedy conclusion here and he ends up with us, because he's an important part of our team. He's definitely somebody we want back."
"I'm pretty confident. I've spoken to him. He wants to be a part of our team. I think he showed that by signing in the first place. I'm hopeful and confident that it will."
(Ed. Note: Keep an eye out for Nick's coverage of the Olympic participation debate at the World Hockey Summit in a column later today.)