Langenbrunner, Lake State, Penn State

In the wake of signing Ilya Kovalchuk for $100 million, the NHL’s New Jersey Devils need to cut their payroll by $3-6 million. That will likely require trading some veteran players and that could include captain and right winger Jamie Langenbrunner of Cloquet.

The New Jersey Star-Ledger had a Wednesday story on Langenbrunner’s concerns here.

While new coach John MacLean has endorsed Langenbrunner’s captaincy, there was some bad blood at the end of 2009-10 between Langenbrunner and coach Jacques Lemaire (now retired). That Star-Ledger story is here.

Most NHL camps open Saturday and TSN had a story on the Devils first day here.

Langenbrunner was on a line with Jason Arnott and Patrik Elias.

The college season opens in three weeks, with Minnesota Duluth starting on a road trip to Lake Superior State and Northern Michigan on Oct. 8-9. Lake Superior State had a decent season in 2009-10, finishing 15-18-5, while Northern Michigan was impressive in losing in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association playoff title game to Michigan 2-1 before losing to St. Cloud State 4-3 in the NCAA West Regional first round in double-overtime, finishing 20-13-8.

Inside College Hockey had a look at Lake Superior State sophomore forward Ben Power here.

Also some stories on Friday’s Penn State adding hockey announcement. College Hockey News has a story here.

U.S. College Hockey Online provides reaction from a myriad of hockey people here.

When Andy Baggot asked Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez on Thursday about the inevitability of a Big Ten hockey conference, with Wisconsin and Minnesota to leave the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, Alvarez said:

“I don’t know the logistics — how long it takes to get out of a league, all of that — but I sense that we will move in that direction.”