The Philadelphia Flyers announced today that they have traded the rights to forward R.J. Umberger and a fourth round pick in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft to the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for Colorado’s first round pick in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft (previously acquired by Columbus) and a third pick in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, according to General Manager Paul Holmgren.
“It’s the situation that we are in right now with the Salary Cap,” said Holmgren in making the announcement. “R.J. is certainly a player that we didn’t want to trade, but we were forced to do something because where we are at with the Salary Cap. We tried a lot of different things, a lot of different ways to work around it, nothing seemed to make sense and we had to do something. R.J. is considered a good player in the league. He was a tremendous young man in our organization and a great player for us. It certainly hurts to make this move tonight and just get draft picks in return. We wish him well.”
Umberger, 26, recorded 13 goals and 37 assists for 50 points and 19 penalty minutes in 74 regular season games for the Flyers this past season. He added 15 points (10G,5A) and 10 penalty minutes in 17 playoff games as the Flyers advanced to the 2008 Eastern Conference Finals.
In 228 career regular season games over three NHL seasons with the Flyers (2005-06 through 2007-08), Umberger registered 49 goals and 67 assists for 116 points and 78 penalty minutes. He was signed as free agent by the Flyers on June 16, 2004.