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

Bruce Bennett

Flyers general manager Ron Hextall made his first trade on Monday by sending Scott Hartnell to the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for R.J. Umberger.

Say this for the Philadelphia Flyers: They are never boring and you never know what their front office is capable of doing.

The latest example was the trade on Monday that sent forward Scott Hartnell to the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for R.J. Umberger.

Umberger spent the first three years of his career in Philadelphia before being traded to Columbus after the 2007-08 season for three draft picks. He spent six seasons with the Blue Jackets, scoring 120 goals in 445 games. His production has dropped significantly over the past couple of seasons, and he was also one of their worst possession players this past season. According to Blue Jackets beat writer Aaron Portzline, the team was likely to use one of its compliance buyouts on him if they were unable to find a team willing to trade for him.

Instead, they not only dumped him and his contract off on a divisional opponent, they also get Hartnell coming off a 20-goal, 32-assist season for the Flyers.

Hartnell still has five years remaining on the six-year, $28.5 million contract extension he signed back in August 2012. He also becomes the latest Flyer to be traded less than two years after signing a long-term deal with the team, joining Mike Richards, Jeff Carter and James van Riemsdyk.

Umberger is signed for three more years with a cap hit of $4.6 million.

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