Flyers Deal Scott Hartnell to Columbus for RJ Umberger
It would appear as though there's another shoe about to drop, quite possibly this week with the NHL draft coming to town Friday. The Flyers already have the spotlight on them thanks to general manager Ron Hextall's first trade.
Hextall sent All-Star left wing Scott Hartnell, the second-longest tenured Flyer, to the Columbus Blue Jackets for center R.J. Umberger and a 2015 fourth-round draft pick. Hartnell has five years left on a six-year, $28.5 million contract. In seven years with the Flyers, the 32-year-old Hartnell had 157 goals and 326 points in 517 games. He was on the Flyers' top line with Claude Giroux and Jake Voracek for most of last season.
Umberger, also 32, had 120 goals and 250 points in 445 games with the Blue Jackets in six seasons. He began his career with three years in Philadelphia, where he had 49 goals and 116 points in 228 games. Umberger wasn't exactly a first-line center in Columbus and certainly won't be in Philadelphia.