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from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

The Blue Jackets traded disgruntled winger R.J. Umberger and a fourth-round draft pick to Philadelphia yesterday for Scott Hartnell. There is nothing small about this deal.

It was done within the Metropolitan Division, which took a lot of nerve on the part of Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen and his Flyers counterpart, Ron Hextall. It involved former first-round picks with recognizable names and healthy contracts. This was big-boy stuff.

Kekalainen deserves high marks.

First off, he found a buyer for Umberger, which was no small feat.

Umberger had asked to be traded. Everyone knew it. If a buyer could not be found, there was a very real possibility that Umberger would have to be bought out — which is both expensive and counterproductive. Buyouts are bad business.

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First off, he found a buyer for Umberger, which was no small feat.

Obviously it was kind of a small feat, in that they found a buyer relatively quickly and they found one who would overpay for him.

I mean yes, good on Kekalainen for getting the deal done, but let’s not pretend that it’s hard to convince Philly management that the jelly beans you have in your pocket are going to grow into a great beanstalk.

Posted by Garth on 06/24/14 at 08:08 AM ET

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Well, living in the area and being surrounded by Flyers’ fans, most of them think this is the greatest deal ever and most apparently hated Hartnell.

Posted by George0211 on 06/24/14 at 08:16 AM ET

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So Flyers fans are no smarter than Flyers management?

Posted by Garth on 06/24/14 at 08:24 AM ET

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So Flyers fans are no smarter than Flyers management?

Posted by Garth on 06/24/14 at 09:24 AM ET

For the most part, yes

Posted by George0211 on 06/24/14 at 08:25 AM ET

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Hartnell is preferable to Umberger in almost every situation. Columbus wins this deal hands down.

Posted by Iggy_Rules from Calgary, Canada on 06/24/14 at 08:50 AM ET

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Hartnell is preferable to Umberger in almost every situation. Columbus wins this deal hands down.

Posted by Iggy_Rules from Calgary, Canada on 06/24/14 at 09:50 AM ET

Skating without falling over?  EDGE:  Umberger…

Posted by Primis on 06/24/14 at 08:57 AM ET

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It was done within the Metropolitan Division, which took a lot of nerve on the part of Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen and his Flyers counterpart, Ron Hextall.

I love how this is a big deal, trading within your division. The purpose of a trade is, supposedly, to improve your own team. If you’re improving the other team more than your own, you should rethink the deal. Yes, there are occasions where it is lopsided in terms of the benefit to each team even if the assets traded are equal, based on the need of each team and how well the player fills it. But mostly, GMs don’t trade within their own division out of fear of looking bad. That’s weak.

Posted by awould on 06/24/14 at 10:04 AM ET

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I have no idea what you guys have been watching the last 2 years. Hartnell has been a one-trick pony, slot shot on the power play. Other then that, he’s been a defensive liability, slow, can’t skate, takes dumb penalties. I’ll take Umberger over him any day. Also, from the Philly perspective, Umberger’s deal ends at the same time as Mason’s new contract, Streit’s, Pronger’s, and a year before Lecavalier’s comes off the books. Hextall is going this for now and for 2-3 years from now.

Posted by phillyd from Southern New Jersey on 06/24/14 at 11:47 AM ET

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Skating without falling over?  EDGE:  Umberger…
Hartnell draws a lot of penalties with his falling as well. 
Dont know why all the hate on hartnell, he is a superior player to umberger in almost every aspect.  HE hits a lot, he agitates with the best of them, he scores.  He is built for playoff hockey.  And despite his rought style of play he has been fairly durable missing something like 24 games since coming to philly.  He is more of a complete package that many teams would love to have hiim.  Umberger was a buy out candidate, the fact that they found any team to take him for free, let alone an asset like hartnell says a lot about the ability of columbus gm, and the inexperience of hextall.

Posted by Luongo-is-my-hero on 06/24/14 at 01:44 PM ET

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It’s always nice to have a point of view of someone who may be more knowledgable about the pieces and plans involved than the average fan.

Posted by teldar on 06/24/14 at 01:46 PM ET

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