Columbus Blue Jackets: Offseason update

The Columbus Blue Jackets needed a tactful summer to improve upon 2014’s breakout season and their moves have looked great. Management chose not to produce a blockbuster trade nor chase a big name free agent, yet the Jackets still look like to have improved standing going into the 2014-2015 campaign. Here’s Columbus’ offseason broken down: Scott Hartnell (Photo credit: Len...
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Blue Jackets sign Brandon Dubinsky to a six-year contract extension

The Columbus Blue Jackets announced Friday that they have signed center Brandon Dubinsky to a six-year contract extension through the 2020-21 season. Financial terms were not disclosed but Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reported the total value to be $35.1 million, for an average annual value of $5.85 million. “Brandon brings tenacity and determination to our team...
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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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Flyers Five: Free agency deals of the Salary Cap era

  #143083386 / Happy Free Agency Day, and to Flyerdelphia's loyal Canadian readers, Happy Canada Day! Flyers Five returns, after a too-long absence. This week looks at the best Flyer moves in free agency, following the 2004-05 lockout and the subsequent era of the salary cap. Honorable Mentions: Ryan Kesler (2006) and Shea Weber (2012): The Flyers made...
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Power Forwards Like Scott Hartnell Hard To Come By

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe, The move will make the Flyers worse in 2014-15. The 32-year-old Hartnell, once the top-line running mate for Claude Giroux, could fill the same role for franchise center Ryan Johansen. If ex-Bruin Nathan Horton gets healthy, the three strongmen could join forces to create a mammoth No. 1 line for the Blue Jackets. “I think he plays...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

CBJ use a little less conversation, a little more action on Day 2

Philadelphia, PA -- The Blue jackets went with a distinctly American flavor at the 2014 NHL Entry Draft in the City of Brotherly Love, with four of their seven picks hailing from the United States. In addition to Sonny Milano (16th overall, 1st round), Columbus chose three more Americans, two Canadians and one European (Latvia) player. While none of these players will have an immediate...
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2013-2014 Season Review: An Anisimov Artycle

#42, Artem Anisimov Artem Anisimov quietly scored the most goals of his young career in his first 82-game season in Columbus. Combined with the lockout shortened 2012-2013 season, Arty has averaged about .49 points per game during his time in Columbus and has supplied valuable scoring for the team. The 26 year old, 6’4″ forward has yet to hit his prime and has the size and talent...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Kesler Would Make Sense For Blackhawks

#476694469 / 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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Columbus Blue Jackets Improving Roster Before the Draft

#485759499 / 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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Hartnell to wear 43 for CBJ

Blue Jackets fans wondering what number they will see new acquisition Scott Hartnell wear this season in Columbus now have their answer. Hartnell, who comes over from the Philadelphia Flyers, told his number will be 43. "Coming to a new city, a new team and with a fresh start, why not change it up?" he told the site. "I looked at a couple of different...
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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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Flyers, Schenn happy with two-year extension

A busy day for Ron Hextall didn't end until late evening Monday. After trading Scott Hartnell earlier in the day, the Flyers' general manager inked Brayden Schenn to a two-year extension worth $5 million. Schenn, 22, notched his first 20-goal season this year and had a career-high 41 points in 82 games. Schenn, traded to the Flyers exactly three years ago, was mostly the...
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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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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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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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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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Podcast: 99 Problematic Episodes

On this edition of the Flyers Faithful Podcast on, 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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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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Flyers/Blue Jackets: Scott Hartnell for R.J. Umberger and 4th Round Draft Pick

The Philadelphia Flyers traded Scott Hartnell to the Columbus Blue Jackets for R.J. Umberger and a fourth round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft. Hartnell scored 20 goals and 52 points in 78 games last season. The 32 year old left winger has a contract with a cap hit of $4.75 million through the 2018-19 season. Umberger had 18 goals and 34 points in 74 games last season. The 32 year old left
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Hartnell Down (And Out): Flyers Trade Scott, Re-sign Brayden Schenn

  Looks like Scotty gets to try on a new erm, jacket. In a completely shocking move today, new Flyers General Manager Ron Hextall decided to trade longtime forward Scott Hartnell to the now Metro rival Columbus Blue Jackets for a 4th rounder next year, and former Flyer R.J Umberger. It seemed the only parties who really knew what was going to occur were the two clubs and Hartnell...
Via Total Sports Live
19 days ago  |  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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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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19 days ago  |  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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Hartnell excited to become a Blue Jacket

At the conclusion of the 2013-14 Blue Jackets season, Columbus forward R.J. Umberger asked for a trade to another team. General manager Jarmo Kekalainen granted his request Monday by moving him to the Philadelphia Flyers along with a 2015 fourth-round draft pick in exchange for Flyers forward Scott Hartnell. The move returns Umberger to the team with which he spent his first three...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Flyers sign Brayden Schenn to extension

The Flyers agreed to a multi-year extension with Brayden Schenn on Monday afternoon. (Photo by Amy Irvin/38Photography) A busy Monday continued for the Flyers into the evening hours. After finalizing the trade that sent Scott Hartnell to Columbus for R.J. Umberger, the Flyers locked up another forward. Brayden Schenn was top priority for the Flyers in the offseason according to...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss
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