BREAKING: The Flyers Have Traded Scott Hartnell for R.J. Umberger and a Draft Pick

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On the anniversary of the Mike Richards, Jeff Carter and James van Riemsdyk trades, the Flyers have traded Scott Hartnell and reacquired R.J. Umberger. June 23.

More soon. Keep it here.

UPDATE 1: Here’s the official release:

The Philadelphia Flyers have acquired winger R.J. Umberger and a fourth-round pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for LW Scott Hartnell, according to general manager Ron Hextall.

Umberger, 32, recorded 18 goals and 16 assists for 34 points to go along with 26 penalty minutes in 74 regular season games this past season, his sixth with the Blue Jackets. He added an assist in four Stanley Cup Playoff games this year for Columbus.

UPDATE 2: This is a strange trade. Umberger, 32, and Hartnell, also 32, have virtually identical cap hits– Hartnell’s is $4.75 million per year through 2019, Umberger’s is $4.6 million per year through 2017. The Flyers give themselves some back-end relief on Hartnell’s (too-long) deal, but in exchange for a guy who had only 34 points in 74 games last year.

UPDATE 3: Randy Miller is an idiot:

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UPDATE 4: Adam Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch:

The acquisition of Hartnell makes the Blue Jackets faster and more physical, and the trading of Umberger comes as a huge relief for Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen. Umberger had requested a trade at his end-of-season meeting with management following a late-season spat with coach Todd Richards over a series of healthy scratches.

I think the Flyers bought high on Hartnell, but trading him for a guy who’s a healthy scratch for a few back-end years of cap relief? Weird.


38 Responses

  1. How long until he pulls a Carter and sulks his way onto the Kings’s roster for their third Stanley Cup?

  2. Umberger is worse now than when we previously had him. Though there probably wasn’t much interest in Hartnell from other teams due to that terrible contract.

  3. Hartsy’s contract runs for 2 years longer than Umberger’s, which is a benefit for us, but Umberger is a center which we already have too many of, so not sure where he will play.

  4. I was hoping to swallow some more of Scottys warm cup juice before he left. Lebron hit me in my ass and cracked 3 vertabrae so I had to take a few days off from my shitty radio show. ROADHOUSE was on last night Martinez, I watched it 6 times, Patrick Swayze is HOT !

  5. At least Hartnell isn’t clogging up top line minutes. Now they can throw Simmonds out there with Giroux and Voracek.

    I am much more confident in Simmonds ability to score with that top pairing.

  6. Trading a mediocre player for another mediocre player means nothing,since we all know the Flyers will make their annual early playoff exit anyways.

    1. Couldn’t agree more. The fixing of the Flyers is not going to happen overnight and this is a good start. Can’t believe Portzline’s comment about how getting Hartnell makes the Blue Jackets faster. Good Luck with that.

    2. Umberger’s contract is terrible as well. The blue jackets were going to buy him out before this deal happened. This is not a good trade.

      1. Yea, but looking on the bright side, the Flyers free up $5M in cap space two years earlier. Umberger won’t produce as much as Hartnell, though. When you throw in the 4th-round pick, I think the trade is pretty much a wash.

      2. Umberger contract does not have no-trade clause and two years shorter so Flyers are at least more flexible. If you’re looking to win Cup next year, please get in back of line that starts with Ed Snider.

  7. This move only really makes sense if Hexy now turns right around & trades away Umberger for a bag of pucks or draft picks or whatever. We really just need the cap relief that getting rid of that contract will give us. It’s easier to do because he has 2 less years than Hartnell did

  8. I think Hextall has something brewing. Though the caps are nearly identical, Hartnell had a full NTC while Umberger has a limited one for the remainder of his deal. They could turn around and trade the unnecessary center they just acquired.

  9. Go Sixers, 2015 NBA Champions!

    Michael Carter-Williams
    Dante Exum
    LeBron James
    Carmello Anthony
    Nerlens Noel

    Thaddeus Young
    Nik Stauskas
    Tony Wroten
    Trevor Dimwiddie
    Backup C in Round 2
    Backup F in Round 2
    Backup G in Round 2

  10. Classic Flyer trade, I thought things were changing with Hextall, wtf is going on?? Same cap hit, pretty much same age, Hartnell way more productive, am I missing something??

    1. Ummmmmmm….how about 2 years less Hexy has to pay an overpaid player?

      Reading comprehension much? Sheesh!

  11. Not sure why Hextall didn’t just let Columbus buyout Umberger, which they were rumored to do, and then traded Hartnell to Columbus for a pick or two? Why would he want to take back Umberger and his contract?

    1. I’m holding out hope that Hextall acquired Umberger just to flip him to another team.

  12. How about you people look at the true positive. Hartnell has lead the team in monir penalties just about every year he was here last season Hartnell had 103 PIM and RJ had 26. The Flyers are at the top every year in Penalties. RJ career PIM 278 Hartnell 1452. Now with all of those penalties gone that will actually help the team. Great move by Hexy

  13. Good move. Probably the best we could do. Saves two full seasons of an awful cap hit.

    And Giroux really needs an upgrade at left wing. Maybe Umby will find his game again.

    Plus the guy has a tattoo of the Flyers logo. The guy loves being a Flyer.

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