Blue Jackets trade R.J. Umberger to Flyers for Scott Hartnell

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Columbus, OH, United States (4E Sports) – The Columbus Blue Jackets have shipped forward R.J. Umberger and a fourth-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft Monday to the Philadelphia Flyers for forward Scott Hartnell.

“R.J. is a versatile guy who can play all positions,” Flyers coach Craig Berube said. “He’s a good penalty killer who skates well. He’s a veteran who has been around a long time and knows how to play the game properly.”

The 32-year-old Umberger had 18 goals and 34 points in 74 games for the Blue Jackets in 2013-14. He spent his first three NHL seasons with the Flyers, who traded him to the Blue Jackets in June 2008 for two draft picks.

Umberger has 169 goals and 366 points in 673 career games, and has scored at least 20 goals five times in nine seasons. He has three seasons left on his contract and will cost $4.6 million against the salary cap.

“It’s all come full-circle,” Umberger said. “I’m excited. It’s a city I’m familiar with. It’s a franchise that I have so much respect for, and I’m excited to be back.”

Hartnell, for his part, had 20 goals and 52 points in 78 games in 2013-14, his seventh in Philadelphia. He scored at least 20 goals in five of those seven seasons, including a career-best 37 in 2011-12.

“Hartnell is the epitome of the type of player we want in our organization,” Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen said. “He is a talented, tough, hard-working player who brings valuable experience and leadership on and off the ice. We believe he will fit in very well with our group and be an important part of our team moving forward.”

The 32-year-old left wing just completed the first season of a six-year, $28.5 million contract and waived his no-trade clause to facilitate the trade. Hartnell’s contract has an average annual value of $4.75 million through the 2018-19 season.

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