So the Flyers have required R.J. Umberger along with a 4th round draft pick in exchange for Scott Hartnell. Umberger is by all means a draft bust. He’s not as bad as many other busts but for a player taken 16th overall in the 2001 draft, he has never made it past 57 points in a season and has only topped the 50 point mark twice.
It comes as more of a shock because his better years were after he left the Flyers in 2008 and has been on quite a decline in recent years. This is also to mention that he costs 4.6 million a year against the cap until the end of the 2016-2017 season. That’s a lot of coin for a player who is 4 years removed from topping 40 points in his career high of 57 points.
I was under the impression that the Flyers big issue was finding defensemen who could stay healthy. They had gotten better as the season went into the post season and they seem to have reliable goaltending for the first time since Hextall, but not sure what this does to fix their issues. Unless he can regain a touch from 4 years ago (he is 32 so not too likely but hey, look at Jagr) he is going to end up as an expensive 3rd line player. Maybe they have plans for the 4th round pick.
Hartnell on the other hand is the same age as Umberger but has keep most of his production above the 50 point mark with exception to a few years ago and is usually good for 20+ goals a season and plays a more solid all around game.
Some may say that this is for cap room and the Flyers wanted to make some room for other deals, but the problem is that they only save 250,000 on their cap. The value isn’t there in what they Flyers did but it is a hell of a deal for the Blue Jackets. He would play well along Dubinsky and others on their lineup and add a little extra scoring.
I give the Blue Jackets the advantage in this trade with the extra production value that they are getting for about the same price and the cost of a 4th round pick.
Usually the team with the player requesting a trade is the team that loses in the end but they came out on top this time and have been making smart deals since they traded Nash to the Rangers.