NHL Trade: Blue Jackets Acquire Hartnell For Umberger and Pick

Scott Hartnell, Jack Johnson and Sergei BobrovskiThe Philadelphia Flyers have traded forward Scott Hartnell to the Columbus Blue Jackets for forward R.J. Umberger and a 2015 4th round pick.

The 32-year old Hartnell was drafted 6th overall in the 2000 draft by the Nashville Predators. Hartnell has five years left on his contract totaling $22.5 million and a cap hit of $4.75 million.

The 32-year old Umberger was drafted 16th overall in the 2001 draft by the Vancouver Canucks. Umberger has three years left on his contract totaling $13.5 million and a cap hit of $4.6 million.

Thoughts from media:

  • Dan Rosen: “I can’t rationalize this on what we know. Maybe Hartnell begged for a trade. Maybe the Flyers wanted him gone. Maybe….just maybe.”
  • Elliotte Friedman: “No salary retention for either team in CLB/PHI trade…clean break both ways”
  • Chris Johsnton: “It’s worth noting that Scott Hartnell waived a no-movement clause to join #CBJ.”
  • Dan Rosen: “I can’t describe the reasoning behind this deal from the Flyers perspective. I have to dive into some details but on surface I don’t get it.”
  • Justin Bourne: “You do have to respect Philly’s decision to get appreciably worse for the same cap hit tho”
  • Gus Katsaros: “Hartnell relies on brute strength to power his way to the net instead of a finesse approach. That’s going to wear down with age.”
  • Nicholas W. Goss: “I like the Hartnell-Umberger trade from the Flyers perspective. Hartnell’s contract was only going to get worse.”
  • David Pagnotta: “Nice move for the Jackets… Hartnell should win over the Columbus crowd pretty easily.”
  • Joe Yerdon: “I know Umberger played well in Philly before but this just has all the makings of there being another move coming. This on its own is odd.”
  • Joe Yerdon: “Hartnell is the better player in this by a long shot. I’m lost on this one.”
  • Sean Gentille: “Umberger is way worse than Hartnell, but he’s signed for two less years. This is so tough!”

Scott Hartnell

RJ Umberger


  1. hankbemis

    06/23/2014 at 1:50 pm

    I don’t think this is so bad from the flyers perspective. This probably means they are worried about his contract and they just shed 2 years on it. I think hartnell will be less effective on columbus, who will have a bad salary to deal with sooner rather than later. I think umberger will benefit and his decline will be slower than hartnell’s. Columbus had to make the trade and got what they could. Flyers did what they felt was important. I think it’s a good trade all around.

  2. hankbemis

    06/23/2014 at 1:55 pm

    markov is off the market. and you seem to have some bugs with your site today.

  3. bri

    06/23/2014 at 2:17 pm

    Not a hockey trade for the Flyers. This was a future cap space move. They must not have been able to move Hartnell at all. That’s the only way this trade makes sense.

  4. Ross

    06/23/2014 at 2:19 pm

    Holmgren gave hartnell way too many years on his contract this is all about getting out of that term, I like thi trade for Philly, hartnell took a step back last year.

  5. GaryMagic

    06/23/2014 at 2:27 pm

    This in no way makes the Flyers a better team this year. But I guess if you can’t or aren’t looking to make your team better this year, looking forward is the next best thing, right?

  6. Ross

    06/23/2014 at 4:48 pm

    did you watch the Flyers Gary? Hartnell took a huge step back this past year, does it make them better, maybe not, but it doesn’t make them worse!!!

  7. GaryMagic

    06/23/2014 at 6:32 pm

    Huge step back? He only scored 15 less points. The team as a whole wasn’t as good this past season compared to seasons past.

  8. ChrisC

    06/23/2014 at 7:17 pm

    Maybe this means Read will finally get to play on the second or possibly 1st line. Umberger can play on 3rd. Only time will tell

  9. ChrisC

    06/23/2014 at 7:23 pm

    Expensive 3rd liner I guess but let Read shine with Giroux. I can dream can’t I lol