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by Paul on 09/22/11 at 09:57 AM ET
from John Shannon of Sportsnet,
I heard the news earlier Wednesday about R.J. Umberger’s contract extension.
I just shook my head. Twenty-three million dollars! R.J. probably thought he won the Ohio State Lottery.
There are those around the team who insist that Umberger’s leadership and versatility are being rewarded. Both the manager, Scott Howson, and the agent, Mike Liut, told me the same thing:
Said Scott: “Durable player, plays with courage, intensity and passion.
We both wanted to get something done this summer. It was not our preference to wait.”
Liut agreed: “It was mutual interest. R.J. is an OSU grad so ties to community are beyond hockey.”
I was actually going to say that he was grossly overpaid for a 57-point man. So I looked at last year’s stats.
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