The Flyers announced on Monday they have traded winger Scott Hartnell to the Columbus Blue Jackets for center R.J. Umberger and a fourth round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft.
Umberger, who just turned 32 in May, returned to the Flyers after spending the first three seasons of his career in Philadelphia. In 74 games last year for the Blue Jackets, the center scored 18 goals and added 16 assists for 34 points. It was the first 82-game season in Columbus in which Umberger did not score 20 goals. He carries a cap hit of $4.6 million through 2016-17.
Hartnell, 32, is likely a cap casualty in this deal. He carried a $4.75 million cap hit but the length of the deal is probably the issue as it runs through 2018-19. He scored 20 goals and added 32 assists for 52 points in 78 games last year for the Flyers. Hartnell is just two years removed from his career-year of 37 goals and 30 assists for a career-high 67 points in 2011-12.
This move is a bit puzzling. The Flyers save $150,000 in cap space and shed two years off Hartnell's deal but the contracts, for all intents and purposes, are comparable and the players are the same age. Philadelphia adds another natural center to the mix which leads me to believe another move is in the works.
Hartnell had a no-movement clause and Umberger had a no-trade clause which means both players had to approve the move.
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