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from Dave Isaac of the Courier-Post,
When Umberger was a rookie with the Flyers, his locker was next to Mike Knuble’s. Through four games this season, Umberger is pointless and is hearing Knuble’s old advice.
“Concentrate on five shots a game,” Knuble would tell Umberger. “Whether it’s rebounds or whatever, you’ll get out of your slump.”
Well, so far Umberger has mustered only two shots all season. For the past couple games, he’s been on a line with Sean Couturier and Matt Read – known as the shutdown unit....
“He’s a good defensive player. Checks well, kills penalties,” Berube said. “That’s what we expected out of him. He’ll get his goals. He goes to the net. That’s what he does.”
So far, that hasn’t quite been the case. Umberger has started his shifts in the offensive zone 58.3 percent of the time this season, easily his highest percentage in his career, yet he’s still a minus-5. For those that think plus/minus is an archaic statistic, his Fenwick For percentage (a calculation of shots and misses for the Flyers against shots and misses for an opponent) is a career-low 40.4 percent.
from Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News,
With so much attention focused on Lecavalier, the Flyers' better option to clear cap space is staring them in the face. Newly reacquired forward R.J. Umberger is second only to Giroux in salary-cap hit among forwards.
Umberger is a prime buyout candidate.
The Flyers do not have any compliance buyouts remaining (executed on Ilya Bryzgalov and Danny Briere in 2013), but they can still use a "regular-course" buyout.
It would cost them $9 million in cash over the next three seasons to buy out Umberger. His current $4.6 million salary-cap hit would become $1.6 million for the next 3 years, then $1.5 million for the next 3 years after that. It's an immediate cap savings of $3 million.
With that Canadian television deal kicking in, the salary cap is expected to rocket to $75 million in 2015-16. Meaning that $1.6 million in dead space due to Umberger would be an increasingly smaller drop in the bucket each year the cap grows, which it will with continuously record-setting revenues.
So, why would the Flyers buy out Umberger after just trading for him? He's a lot cheaper to buy out than Scott Hartnell, who had 2 years more left on his deal. That's a savings of $10 million in cash for a team that is now internally pulling on the purse strings. The fourth-round pick in last week's trade would just be a bonus.
more on the Flyers' cap issues...
Columbus press release below...
from Aaron Portzline of Puck-Rakers,
Per his contract, Umberger presented the Blue Jackets over the weekend with a list of 10 NHL clubs two which he would not accept a trade. That leaves 19 preferred partners for Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen, but the sense around the NHL is that Kekalainen's cell phone is showing more outgoing calls than incoming calls these days.
Umberger could have listed fewer than 10 teams, but why do that? A player and his agent would wisely list as many teams as possible in an attempt to "steer" the trade to his liking. (No, we are not privy to the list.)
The Blue Jackets surely are talking to any NHL GM with ears, even those on the "NOT APPROVED" list. If the only legitimate trade offer the Blue Jackets have is with a team that Umberger has not approved (to Edmonton for Sam Gagner?), expect the Jackets to approach Umberger's camp and try to persuade them.
This will likely all have to come together by the end of the next weekend, when the NHL Draft plays out in Philadelphia.
from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,
Sources have told The Dispatch that R.J. Umberger’s end-of-season meeting with Blue Jackets management and coaches ended with a mutual agreement that Umberger would go on the trading block this summer.
Umberger, who was a healthy scratch in four late-season games, requested the trade, the sources said. He declined to comment when reached by The Dispatch on Friday. General manager Jarmo Kekalainen, reached at the world championships in Belarus, also declined to comment.
Umberger, who is signed through the 2016-17 season at a $4.6 million salary-cap hit, has a no-trade clause in his contract through June 14. On June 15, the full no-trade clause becomes a limited clause, and Umberger will provide the Blue Jackets with 10 NHL clubs to which he would not approve a trade.That would leave 19 teams.
Umberger was angered and hurt late in the regular season when he was made a healthy scratch four times in a seven-game stretch while the Blue Jackets were fighting for a spot in the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Coach Todd Richards never said specifically why he was scratching Umberger, only that he wanted to play a faster, more physical game and had other players — Corey Tropp, specifically — who were playing more to his liking.
from Aaron Portzline of Puck-Rakers,
Blue Jackets winger R.J. Umberger is out indefinitely with “concussion-like symptoms,” interim coach Todd Richards said. Umberger played on Tuesday in Chicago, but the symptoms are believed to be the result of the elbow-to-the-head blow delivered by Anaheim’s J-F Jacques on Sunday.
Umberger left practice early today and was examined by doctors.
“I’ve been told he has concussion-like symptoms,” Richards said. “He’ll be on the shelf for a little bit here. This all goes back to the hit he took in Anaheim.”
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.
COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed forward R.J. Umberger to a five-year contract extension that begins in 2012-13 and concludes following the 2016-17 National Hockey League season, club Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Scott Howson announced tonight. As is club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Umberger, 29, has registered 74 goals and 84 assists for 158 points with 131 penalty minutes in 246 games since joining the Blue Jackets on June 20, 2008. He was acquired by Columbus along with a fourth round pick (Drew Olson) in the 2008 Entry Draft from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for a first round (Luca Sbisa) and third round pick (Marc-Andre Bourdon) in the 2008 Entry Draft. He has registered three-straight seasons with 20 or more goals and has collected 50 or more points in three of the last four campaigns.
“We are pleased that we were able to come to an agreement with R.J.,” said Howson. “R.J.’s commitment to the team and the city has been impactful since we acquired him three years ago. We are very excited about him continuing to play such a large role on our team.”
from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,
The four-year, $15million contract Umberger signed with the Blue Jackets in 2008, shortly after he was acquired in a trade with Philadelphia, expires after the 2011-12 season. As such, he can sign a contract extension as soon as this coming July1.
Umberger said he plans to meet with his agent in the next couple of weeks to “reflect on the last couple of years, talk about upcoming years and see what’s possible.”
Clearly, the expectation is that the Blue Jackets will try to extend Umberger’s contract before the final year expires.
But what is Umberger thinking?
Brent Seabrook is the recipient.
added 8:03am, Another big hit last night was Ovechkin on Subban, which you can watch below…
“I don’t think any team in the West would be overmatched by them. They play the wrong way. They want to be moving all the time. They float around in their zone, looking for breakaways and odd-man rushes.
“A good defensive team is going to beat them (in the playoffs). If you eliminate your turnovers and keep them off the power play, they’re going to get frustrated because they’re in their zone a lot.”
-R.J. Umberger of the Columbus Blue Jackets on the Washington Capitals. More from Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers.
“It’s especially embarrassing to lose like this at home. Last year, we fought hard and competed like crazy to be a competitive team, a playoff team. The respect we got from our fans was incredible. They really bought into us. I have to think that right now we’re just letting them down. It’s frustrating for them, for sure. They’re paying good money at a tough time (economically) to come watch us, and there have been too many bad performances here at home.”
-R.J. Umberger of the Columbus Blue Jackets after a home loss to the Leafs. More on the Blue Jackets from Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers.
Fox Sports Ohio with the call…
added 10:12pm, Watch the Fox Sports Detroit view below…
via Tom Reed of Puck-rakers,
R.J. Umberger had a strong game with two goals and nearly a third midway through the third period. And if that wasn’t enough he was hammered from behind by Dion Phaneuf in the first period, drawing a game misconduct for boarding. Umberger smacked his cheek hard against the glass, but said he was mostly just dazed.
“I’m lucky I was so close to the boards,” he said. “If I were a little further out, I could have been in trouble.”
From the Columbus Blue Jackets:
The Columbus Blue Jackets signed center R.J. Umberger to a four-year contract, club General Manager Scott Howson announced July 7. As is club policy, terms were not disclosed.
Last month, Umberger was acquired by Columbus with a fourth round pick (118th overall) in the 2008 Entry Draft from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for a first round pick (19th overall) and a third round pick (67th overall) in the same draft.
R.J. Umberger could be headed back to central Ohio.
Rumors are spreading in Ottawa that Umberger, who attended Ohio State, could be headed to the Blue Jackets at some point this weekend. No word on what the Blue Jackets would be trading to Philly.
From a press conference Q&A session featuring Philadelphia Flyers players Daniel Briere, R.J. Umberger, and Martin Biron.
Q. Danny, the way you’ve played this season and, the way the team has played overall this season, does this further validate your decision to leave the Sabres and go to the Flyers?
DANIEL BRIERE: You know what, when I was looking at my options, obviously looking at Philly, you know, very similar as far as offense, where it’s a team that doesn’t just rely on one or two guys or on just one line. We’ve seen it through the year. Everybody’s chipping in.
From the Sports Network via WJAC,
Struggling to get into the postseason, the Philadelphia Flyers learned on Monday that defenseman Derian Hatcher will be out for the season with a fractured right tibia and forward R.J. Umberger will miss the next two weeks with a sprained MCL.
Hatcher was hurt with 12:07 left in the first period of Saturday’s 3-2 overtime loss to Boston while blocking a slap shot by Bruins forward Andrew Ference. Hatcher was helped off the ice and did not return. The right leg was broken just above the ankle and was placed in a cast on Saturday. It is possible he might return to play if the Flyers make the postseason.
From Chuck Gormley at the Sporting News,
“Go on MySpace and type in anybody in this (locker) room and there will be someone posing,” said [Flyers’ center Jeff] Carter, who is single. “I have a friend who said she sent pictures to my MySpace and I don’t even have a MySpace. She said, ‘Oh, I’ve been talking to you for the past month and a half.’”
Umberger, who is married, went online and discovered there were four people posing as him on their own web pages. When he found that some were soliciting women, he had all four accounts canceled.
“They talk to girls on there like they’re me,” he said. “People out there think they’re talking to me and they’re asking, ‘Aren’t you married?’ It’s ridiculous. Everybody on this team has a fake one and people believe it.”