Checking in on the Columbus Blue Jackets

Last year: 43-32-7, fourth in the Metro Division. Eliminated by the Penguins in the first round. Key additions: Scott Hartnell, Brian Gibbons Key subtractions: R.J. Umberger, Jack Skille, Derek MacKenzie, Blake Comeau, Nikita Nikitin Franchise direction: The Jackets are happy as clams with the way things are going after they made a surprise postseason appearance and gave Pittsburgh...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Flyers Pre-Season Starts in Two Months

The Flyers preseason starts two months from today with training camp starting a few weeks before that.  So why should I be excited.  The off-season has been a bore with the BIG move being the signing of RJ Umberger and defense man Nick “I see Nothing” Schultz. Ho Hum! Are the Flyers going to be […]
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Davidson believes Blue Jackets can ‘do some damage’ next season

Beyond trading R.J. Umberger for Scott Hartnell, it’s been a pretty quiet offseason for the Columbus Blue Jackets. That said, this is a team that won its first two postseason games in franchise history and made the Pittsburgh Penguins sweat before eventually advancing in six contests. That’s a promising building block for the future, yet Blue Jackets president of hockey operations...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Checking in on the Philadelphia Flyers

Last year: 42-30-10, third in the division. Lost to the Rangers in the first round Key additions:  R.J. Umberger, Nick Schultz Key subtractions: Scott Hartnell, Adam Hall (likely) Franchise direction: I didn’t quite know what to think when Ron Hextall replaced Paul Holmgren, but so far the new general manager has demonstrated restraint uncharacteristic of […] The post Checking...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Facing Salary Cap Issues, Would The Flyers Buy Out R.J. Umberger?

from Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News, With so much attention focused on Lecavalier, the Flyers' better option to clear cap space is staring them in the face. Newly reacquired forward R.J. Umberger is second only to Giroux in salary-cap hit among forwards. Umberger is a prime buyout candidate. The Flyers do not have any compliance buyouts remaining...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

Kesler Would Make Sense For Blackhawks

#476694469 / gettyimages.com The NHL will wrap up a busy week Friday with the conclusion of the NHL Draft. This past Tuesday night was also the NHL Awards event. With the draft getting underway, expect to see some trades take place. In fact, there was already one big move that occurred when the Philadelphia Flyers sent Scott Hartnell to the Columbus Blue Jackets for R.J. Umberger...
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June 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Columbus Blue Jackets Improving Roster Before the Draft

#485759499 / gettyimages.com After having a wonderful season which saw the Columbus Blue Jackets return to the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time since 08-09. They would face the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round of the 2014 playoffs. They would take the Penguins to six games before being eliminated. Moving towards the off-season, the Columbus Blue Jackets now know what...
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June 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Risky Business: Flyers Trade Scott Hartnell

On Monday afternoon, the Philadelphia Flyers traded Scott Hartnell for former Flyer RJ Umberger and a 4th round draft pick. Umberger, who is 32, put up 34 points last season (18G, 16A), and put up only 1 point before becoming a healthy scratch in the playoffs. Off the top it may seem like a salary dump on the Flyers part to trade away star-winger Scott Hartnell, but dig deeper into...
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June 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Flyers' GM Hextall interested in trading up at draft

Trade talk is usually par for the course in the days leading up to the NHL Draft. It's never too surprising to find the Philadelphia Flyers in the middle of such talk, either. That's especially true this year, when for the first time in their 46-year history, the Flyers will be hosting the draft at Wells Fargo Center. The first round will be held Friday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN...
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June 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Scott Hartnell plans to guilt-trip Ryan Johansen out of his number

As the dust settled on the unexpected Scott Hartnell – R.J. Umberger trade, fans began to wonder what number Hartnell would wear with the Columbus Blue Jackets. Hartnell sported #19 with the Flyers, but that number is currently being used by Columbus’ Ryan Johansen. Hartnell has a mischievous plan: Hartnell on his number."I have a couple in mind. I don't want to take...
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June 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Hartnell lands in Columbus because Philly didn't want him

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Boiled down to its essence, everyone needs to have the feeling of being wanted. Hockey players are no different in wanting that feeling from the team for which they are playing. It is a basic human emotion. On Monday, the Blue Jackets packaged R.J. Umberger (after he requested to be traded) with Columbus' fourth round pick in next year's draft in a deal...
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June 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Podcast: 99 Problematic Episodes

On this edition of the Flyers Faithful Podcast on Flyerdelphia.com, Steve Jacot, Hal Greenblatt, and Stephane Hardinger look at the Scott Hartnell for R.J. Umberger swap, Brayden Schenn's new contract, other possible moves for the Flyers going into the draft, and plenty of other nonsense. Flyers Faithful Podcast Ep 99 You can find the podcast on iTunes here. You can...
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June 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Good Job Columbus

from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch, The Blue Jackets traded disgruntled winger R.J. Umberger and a fourth-round draft pick to Philadelphia yesterday for Scott Hartnell. There is nothing small about this deal. It was done within the Metropolitan Division, which took a lot of nerve on the part of Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen and his Flyers counterpart...
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June 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Columbus Blue Jackets Acquire Scott Hartnell for RJ Umberger

The Columbus Blue Jackets pulled off a major trade today, acquiring Left Winger Scott Hartnell from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for forward RJ Umberger and a 4th round pick in next year’s 2015 National Hockey League (NHL) Entry Draft. Umberger was the subject of trade speculation since being a healthy scratch for four games over a seven-game stretch during the Blue Jackets...
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June 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Fletcher doesn't see Wild as major trade partner

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- No one will accuse general manager Chuck Fletcher of sitting on his hands, keeping his phone on silent and missing an opportunity to improve the Minnesota Wild. Fletcher predicts a busy period of trade activity in the NHL heating up this week with the NHL Draft beginning on Friday and the league's scouts, executives and agents convening in Philadelphia. Never...
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June 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Center Brayden Schenn, Flyers Agree To Reported Two-Year, $5M Contract

The Philadelphia Flyers are making all kinds of moves in the days leading up to the 2014 NHL draft. Earlier on Monday, the Flyers traded veteran winger Scott Hartnell to the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for forward R.J. Umberger and a 2015 fourth-round draft pick. Later in the day, they announced that center Brayden Schenn had agreed to a multiyear contract. TSN’s Bob McKenzie...
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June 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Blue Jackets Move Umberger for Hartnell

#486143271 / gettyimages.com The Columbus Blue Jackets made a trade today involving RJ Umberger. Yes, the player who was routinely a late season scratch this past season. No, they didn’t have to retain any salary. Did they get themselves a player that was any good? That answer seems to be a resounding yes.   (click to enlarge) Taking a quick look at the numbers...
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June 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Hartnell Down: Flyers trade Scott Hartnell to Columbus for R.J. Umberger

Editors’ Note: Noted Philadelphia Flyers fan John Saquella is going beyond 140 characters. The man most of you probably know from social media as @jsaquella will bring you his wide-ranging opinion and commentary on the Orange and Black in his column Putting On The Foil. By John Saquella (@jsaquella) Getty Scott Hartnell, the sometimes beloved and sometimes bemoaned winger, has...
Via The Hockey Guys
June 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Surprising trade sends Scott Hartnell to Columbus, R.J. Umberger to Philadelphia

The Philadelphia Flyers have traded Scott Hartnell to the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for R.J. Umberger and a fourth-round pick. This surprising deal can be viewed from a variety of angles, but the majority of hockey fans are giving the Blue Jackets the initial edge in this transaction. Let’s take a look at contracts: Hartnell – Five years left at a cap hit of $4.75 million...
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June 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Surprising trade sends Scott Hartnell to Columbus, R.J. Umberger to Philadelphia

The Philadelphia Flyers have traded Scott Hartnell to the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for R.J. Umberger and a fourth-round pick. This surprising deal can be viewed from a variety of angles, but the majority of hockey fans are giving the Blue Jackets the initial edge in this transaction. Let’s take a look at contracts: Hartnell – Five years left at a cap hit of $4.75 million...
Via Puck Drunk Love
June 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Flyers want to help out the Blue Jackets, trade Hartnell for Umberger

It was really nice of the Flyers to give the Blue Jackets a boost today. Rookie general manager Ron Hextall traded Scott Hartnell for RJ Umberger and a 2015 fourth round pick. Hartnell and Umberger are both 32 years old and carry cap hits of $4.7M and $4.6M, respectively. Hartnell’s contract has five years remaining whereas Umberger’s has three. Zero salary was retained by either...
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June 23, 2014  |  Discuss

NHL Trade News: R.J Umberger Dealt For Scott Hartnell

With Draft Week getting underway in the NHL, we have seen our first significant trade occur here on Monday. The Columbus Blue Jackets have traded disgruntled forward R.J Umberger back to the Philadelphia Flyers along with a 2015 4th Round Draft Pick for rugged winger Scott Hartnell. Umberger had seen himself fall out of favor with the Blue Jackets coaching staff this past season...
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June 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Flyers Trade Scott Hartnell To Blue Jackets For R.J. Umberger, Fourth-Round Pick

The Philadelphia Flyers traded Scott Hartnell to the Columbus Blue Jackets for R.J. Umberger and a fourth-round pick in 2015, both teams announced Monday. Hartnell tallied 20 goals and 52 points in 78 games for the Flyers in 2013-14. The 32-year-old forward spent seven seasons with Philadelphia, recording 157 goals and 169 assists to go along with 908 penalty minutes with the...
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June 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Blue Jackets, Flyers swap R.J. Umberger for Scott Hartnell

RJ Umberger was granted his request for a change of scenery, as he is now a Philadelphia Flyer. (BlueJackets.com) While Friday’s entry draft is the next major date on the offseason calendar for all 30 NHL teams, the Columbus Blue Jackets and Philadelphia Flyers have wasted no time in improving their rosters. Today, the Columbus Blue Jackets traded left wing R.J. Umberger to the...
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June 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Flyers Give Up Hartnell for.. Umberger? by   Curtis Morrison

  The Philadelphia Flyers have traded forward Scott Hartnell to the Columbus (#LUMBUS) Blue Jackets for forward R.J. Umberger and a 4th round pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft (not this year, but next). It’s a questionable trade for one side, and a great steal for Columbus. Umberger has been a poor puck possession player for the last three [...]
Via The Hockey House
June 23, 2014  |  Discuss
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