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Report: Umberger and Blue Jackets agree he should be dealt

May 18, 2014, 10:19 AM EDT

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Columbus Blue Jackets forward R.J. Umberger will likely be playing for a new team next season.

According to Aaron Portzline of The Columbus Dispatch, the 32-year-old requested a trade from the Blue Jackets and the team will do their part to move him this summer.

Umberger had a rough season in what was ultimately a very successful one for the organization. While he had 18 goals and 34 points this season, it wasn’t all happy times as Portzline said:

Umberger was angered and hurt late in the regular season when he was made a healthy scratch four times in a seven-game stretch while the Blue Jackets were fighting for a spot in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

He has two years left on his contract with a $4.6 million cap hit and has a limited no-trade clause on his deal that becomes a full no-trade clause that allows him to pick a list of 10 teams he won’t accept a deal to that starts on June 15.

It may be a hard sell to deal a guy who at this point in his career is a 20-goal, 40-point player per season and has that kind of cap hit. That said, he’s been a steady and consistently healthy guy and you could do worse.

  1. areaman714 - May 18, 2014 at 10:39 AM

    Yep. That cap hit and his unhappiness with his team pushes down his value to a third round pick; maybe a two at best.

    • sumkat - May 18, 2014 at 1:26 PM

      I think you are reaching. That’s about what Philly gave up for MacDonald (at that was at the deadline, when prices are generally higher). Unless they take a contract back, this will be strictly a salary dump. They will get a 4, maybe a 5

    • withseidelinn - May 18, 2014 at 1:59 PM

      I would say 5th round pick at the most, maybe a career AHLer as a player. CBJ will have to retain probably 25-40% of the his salary to get anything more. Even with that, it won’t be of much value.

  2. rbbbaron - May 18, 2014 at 11:18 AM

    Report: 29 other teams agree Umberger isn’t worth his contract

  3. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - May 18, 2014 at 12:56 PM

    Man, time flies. I still remember him as the guy who got his chest caved in by Brian Campbell in that Flyers-Sabres series.

    • rbbbaron - May 18, 2014 at 1:04 PM

      I remember that hit– I knew it was Campbell delivering but I didn’t know it was Umberger who got destroyed…I kinda feel sorry for him now lol

    • broadstreetbeatdown - May 18, 2014 at 10:12 PM

      I remember that night in 2007 when Umberger and Lupul scored hat tricks on the Penguins. 6 point night for Lupul. beat em 8-2

    • flyerspsu - May 19, 2014 at 4:58 AM

      as a flyers fan I still deem that as one of the greatest hits of all time, but knowing the NHL today Campbell would have probably a charging penalty for hitting too hard if that hit happened now

  4. jacketsfan7 - May 18, 2014 at 2:20 PM

    I’m hoping a 4th and 5th round pick, maybe buffalo could use him

  5. President Charles Logan - May 18, 2014 at 3:06 PM

    how is this guy still in the nhl?

    • flyerspsu - May 19, 2014 at 4:49 AM

      he scored 18 goals this year …

  6. mjw9326mjw9326 - May 18, 2014 at 9:46 PM

    Oh please tell me that the Sabres are on his no list. Last thing we need is another slow player standing around with his thumb up his butt watching the opposition skate past him on their way to scoring a goal.

  7. contraryguy - May 18, 2014 at 11:37 PM

    Even if the money’s too much for a 4th line guy (and 2nd oldest on team after Mackenzie), those late-season scratches were really weird… it put the Jackets in a very short-handed situation. Umby must’ve been in Coach Richards doghouse big time. They’ll need to pick up, or promote, another LW to fill out that last line, only 3 others on roster.

  8. flyerspsu - May 19, 2014 at 4:52 AM

    I dont think any team would take him w/ that contract, but similar to Lecavalier, if the Blue Jackets eat up some of his salary he would be a good pick up for a late round pick, the guy still scored 18 goals this year and has great speed, tbh id have no problem with the Flyers giving up a low pick for him to add that much needed speed of course if Lecavalier is moved and Columbus takes at least 1.5 mil of the salary

  9. flyerspsu - May 19, 2014 at 4:55 AM

    Also its got to suck for Umberger to stick around with that struggling team for all those years as one of the better players and leaders and then finally when the team gets good you get scratched, the guy put up 18 goals this year and is no slouch, i dont quite understand how a veteran like him with his speed and scoring would not at least warrant a 4th line spot

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