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Giroux on Hartnell trade: ‘I personally didn’t see it coming’

Jun 24, 2014, 1:00 AM EDT

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It was the first big trade in the days before the NHL Draft, and it caught Philadelphia Flyers captain Claude Giroux by complete surprise.

The Flyers dealt left winger Scott Hartnell to the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for R.J. Umberger and a 2015 fourth-round pick on Monday.

“I personally didn’t see it coming,” Giroux told Nicholas Cotsonika of Yahoo Sports. “I heard a lot of rumors and stuff, but I just didn’t believe it. I mean, [Hartnell is] a good guy. He’s one of the best teammates I ever had. It’s a sad day.

“He was almost the face of the Flyers. He was a fan favorite. Everywhere he went, he loved the city. I’m sure it’s a tough day for him to kind of put that behind him, but Columbus is going to be a good opportunity for him.”

While Giroux was a little stunned, Hartnell expressed some anger with news of the deal, having known for some time that something was in the works.

“He decided it was best for me to move on from the Flyers,” said Hartnell. “To be honest, I was pretty shocked at first. I was upset and a little angry. I took a few days to look at the situation. It was hard.”

  1. sheckyrimshot - Jun 24, 2014 at 1:22 AM

    Time to step it up son. Get them tastykakes.

  2. blomfeld - Jun 24, 2014 at 1:43 AM

    ““I personally didn’t see it coming” …

    Yeah ? Well so also said the cross-dressing ‘freak’ leader of the FBI in the aftermath of the ‘state sanctioned’ murder of President Kennedy back in ’63 (ie: that was J Edgar Hoover for you new-age punks). Regardless, the bottom here is that Bobby Clarke is scum, the Broad Street Bullies were nothing ever more than human ‘vermin’ and Hartnell is lucky to be seeing the last of this miserable enterprise. As I’ve always maintained friends …

    The Philadelphia Flyers = Organized Crime on ice !!!

    • sheckyrimshot - Jun 24, 2014 at 2:31 AM

      Salutations friends. Arcane reference. Arcane reference. unpopular opinion. Attempt at republican humor. But wait friends there’s more. My opinion matters. I’m old. Enjoy a YouTube clip of the last Elvis song or showtune that I watched while I was dry humping a loaf of French bread pizza and staring at an 8×10 glossy of ring Lardner Jr! Thanks for being my friends, friends!

      • bmy0913 - Jun 24, 2014 at 10:04 AM

        This was the most glorious blomfield pot shot I have ever seen. I bow in your awesome presence, sir. Well done, friend.

    • flyboystransport - Jun 24, 2014 at 3:46 AM

      What the hell are you smokin?

      • sheckyrimshot - Jun 24, 2014 at 3:57 AM

        Camel lights and sour diesel

      • mcphillthy - Jun 24, 2014 at 6:28 AM

        The good stuff, apparently. I am almost out of my blackberry kush.

  3. runhigh24 - Jun 24, 2014 at 7:45 AM

    Hartnell is the type of guy who would be the fan favorite in any city he played in and the most hated guy in the city of that team’s rival. Basically the quintessential hockey player.

    • stevepopo - Jun 24, 2014 at 8:16 AM

      Agreed. Even more so than Steve Ott because he’s an offensive weapon.

    • adamal17 - Jun 24, 2014 at 10:12 AM

      Agreed. He’s my favorite non Red Wing in the NHL. There are very few occasions that he looks like he’s not enjoying the game…and he’s outright hilarious on top of being a solid player.

  4. hockey412 - Jun 24, 2014 at 8:23 AM

    Gad I’ve spent so much time hating every second of this guy’s existence and now I almost feel bad for him – the Flyers won’t be the same without him (better or worse, who knows – but not the same). This is just an example of another bad contract hurting the player. But, hard to feel bad about that part of it.

  5. hockeyfan28 - Jun 24, 2014 at 8:32 AM

    The positives for Hartnell he was a good lockerroom guy and can score about 20-25 goals a year usually from 10-15 feet in… the negatives he is painfully slow and takes really really bad penalties so i can see him contributing to Columbus in a certain role… as for the Flyers Hextall made keeping his young players ala Schenn resigning, speed, and being more flexible his top priority this off season and hes done that so far I doubt this is his last move

  6. gnashty - Jun 24, 2014 at 9:16 AM

    Honestly? He needed to go. 5 more years with his cap hit is awful – he doesn’t have 5 years left, sorry. He is too skill and not nearly enough skill to play on the top line with G and V. I would have liked more for him than Umberger, but it just goes to show how low Hartsys stock was. VERY streaky player. If you’re on a line with G and V you should be scoring more than 20 goals

    • hockey412 - Jun 24, 2014 at 9:27 AM

      He’s too skill and not nearly enough skill? What does that mean?

    • flyeredup202 - Jun 24, 2014 at 10:31 AM

      All about the NMC, they can waive RJ and just pay him off this year or next with the NTC he has….this is a great way for the flyers to clear up cap room if he doesn’t play well. Hartnell you could not waive or release with his no movement clause.

      Good move by Hex,

  7. har21441 - Jun 24, 2014 at 9:26 AM

    LOL giroux

  8. rsl22 - Jun 24, 2014 at 11:37 AM

    As a fan of a team that competes in a division with the Flyers, this was a bad trade for the Flyers in terms of on-ice presence.

    Yes, the Flyers get a pick and salary help, but he was tough to play against. He was athe type of player that is synonymous with Philly-style hockey. Today, the Flyers are an easier team to play against.

  9. JoeAvg - Jun 24, 2014 at 12:13 PM

    I just wonder how certain factions of the fan base are gonna handle the fact a Pittsburgh native now plays for them. Rather amusing.

    • ibieiniid - Jun 24, 2014 at 1:33 PM

      Eric Tangradi spent a good number of years with the Pens organization. He’s from Philly. Regardless, I don’t see how that matters one bit.

  10. roryflyers - Jun 24, 2014 at 12:45 PM

    Considering he started his NHL career playing for the Flyers, I think we’ll be fine.

  11. papajack1259 - Jun 24, 2014 at 3:01 PM

    Seems the fliers are always trying to move their guys hoping to catch something, they were pretty good four years ago and then traded everyone almost out of spite for themselves! Van Reysdyke, Richards, the kid that played in Monteal this year and now Hartnell where are they going?

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