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R.J. Umberger | Winger

Team: Philadelphia Flyers
Age / DOB:  (32) / 5/3/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 214
College: Ohio State
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R.J. Umberger will undergo surgery on his hip and abdominal muscles and miss the rest of the season.
Well, at least we now know why Umberger was laboring and had not scored in his last 18 games. He had nine goals this season with six assists. "I think the biggest thing that’s bothered me is just that I feel like I’ve let Ron Hextall down," Umberger said on Tuesday. "He believed in me, bringing me here, and I feel I haven’t been the player he needs." He will get a chance to redeem himself next season. Mar 14 - 10:34 AM

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R.J. Umberger and Brandon Manning will be a healthy scratch on Thursday against St. Louis.

Umberger was re-acquired by the Flyers in an off-season trade with Columbus, but things haven't gone so well for him in 2014-15. The 32-year-old has just nine goals and 15 points in 67 games this season. Michael Del Zotto will miss the game because of a nagging injury.
Mar 12 - 8:04 PM

R.J. Umberger will be a healthy scratch on Tuesday.

The Flyers acquired Umberger over the summer in a trade involving Scott Hartnell and that exchange hasn't worked out for Philadelphia. Umberger has just nine goals and 15 points in 67 contests this season. "When things aren't going well, that's added pressure. You feel that," Umberger said. "I think the biggest thing that's bothered me is that I feel like I've let (general manager Ron) Hextall down. He believed in me bringing me here and I feel like I just haven't been the player for him that he needs." Vinny Lecavalier will be in the lineup instead, although he'll likely be limited to fourth line duties.
Mar 10 - 3:33 PM

R.J. Umberger potted a goal for the Flyers in their 4-3 win over the Sabres on Saturday night.

Umberger’s goal ended a scoreless streak that lasted 168:11. The goal came on the power play just shy of four minutes into the second period. Umberger now has eight goals and 12 points on the year, so he’s not at all worth owning in fantasy leagues. Mark Streit, Chris Vandevelde and Michael Raffl picked up the other goals in the win.
Jan 17 - 10:15 PM

R.J. Umberger scored both goals for the Flyers in a 4-2 loss to Arizona on Monday.

Umberger did his best to get his team back in the game with two tallies in the third period to bring the Flyers to within one goal late before the Coyotes put it away with a empty net goal. Umberger added two penalty minutes and five shots to make it a nice fantasy evening for himself. Sean Couturier picked up assists on both the Umberger goals.
Tue, Dec 30, 2014 02:08:00 AM

R.J. Umberger will return to Columbus for Tuesday's game.

Umberger has already played against the Blue Jackets twice since they traded him to Philadelphia over the summer, but this will be his first contest in Columbus itself in 2014-15. He's struggled this season with two goals, four points, and a minus-10 rating in 26 games.
Tue, Dec 9, 2014 11:10:00 AM

R.J. Umberger found the back of the net in a 5-4 shootout defeat on Wednesday.

Umberger hadn't recorded a point since Oct. 22. "It probably felt better than my first goal scored in the NHL," Umberger said. "I'll take it. It wasn't pretty. It was greasy but I will take it for our team." He has just four points in 25 contests in 2014-15.
Thu, Dec 4, 2014 10:49:00 AM

R.J. Umberger has not had a point in his last 16 games.

To give this some perspective, even goalie Steve Mason has more points in this stretch with one assist. Umberger has only a goal and two assists in 23 games with a minus-11 rating, one point ahead of Mason. That's sad.
Sun, Nov 30, 2014 09:09:00 AM

R.J. Umberger is off to a slow start with only three points in 11 games.

Coach Craig Berube attempted to get him started on Saturday by moving him to the second line with Vincent Lecavalier and Wayne Simmonds but it didn't work out for Umberger. It is not helping that the player he was traded for, Scott Hartnell, has a goal and 10 points in 11 games although the minus-five rating doesn't help, the Blue Jackets are getting killed by injuries.
Mon, Nov 3, 2014 08:24:00 AM

R.J. Umberger had a goal and an assist in Wednesday's 5-3 win over Pittsburgh.

Umberger got off to a quiet start with the Flyers, but he's starting to heat up with three points in three games. Keep in mind though that he's averaging just 14:16 minutes per contest and isn't likely to get much more than 40 points.
Thu, Oct 23, 2014 09:29:00 AM

R.J. Umberger, who was reacquired by the Flyers on Monday, still feels he can contribute.

"I think I have a lot to give and still consider myself pretty young," said the 32-year-old forward. Umberger played the first three seasons of his career with Philadelphia before skating in Columbus for the next six years. Flyers coach Craig Berube called Umberger a "versatile guy who can play all positions. He's a good penalty killer who skates well," which suggests he'll be used as a depth, plug-in type player.
Tue, Jun 24, 2014 11:06:00 AM

The Philadelphia Flyers have acquired R.J. Umberger and a 2015 fourth-round pick from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for Scott Hartnell.

The Flyers are hoping that Umberger will bounce back after a rough 2013-14 campaign. He scored 18 goals and registered 16 assists in 74 games, which is his lowest total since 2006-07 if you factor out the shortened campaign. The change of scenery might do him so good, but given that he won't get you much more than 50 points even if he does bounce back, he's not worth the risk of drafting in standard leagues.
Mon, Jun 23, 2014 12:29:00 PM

R.J. Umberger could be bought out by Columbus, as a last resort, if the team cannot find a trade partner for him.

The Blue Jackets believe they can trade him, though. Umberger requested to be dealt elsewhere in May and he still has three seasons remaining on his current contract at $4.6 million per year.
Mon, Jun 16, 2014 10:37:00 AM

There's a rumor floating around that R.J. Umberger might be dealt to the Edmonton Oilers for Sam Gagner.

Take this one with a grain of salt. Umberger has requested a trade and Sam Gagner's market value did take a hit following his rough 2013-14 campaign, so at first it might not seem too bad. However, there's no question that Gagner, who will turn 25 in August, still has far more upside. Umberger can provide the Blue Jackets a list of 10 teams he won't accept a trade to and there's a good chance that the Oilers, who have struggled to gain any traction in their move away from rebuilding territory, would be one of the destinations that Umberger would reject.
Sun, Jun 1, 2014 10:09:00 AM

R.J. Umberger has asked the Columbus Blue Jackets to trade him in the off-season.

It was mutually agreed to by the team during the season-ending meetings that took place after the first round. Umberger had 18 goals and 34 points in 74 games this season but was a healthy scratch on four occasions and that id not sit well with the veteran. He has three years left on a contract that will pay him $4.6 million per season and a no-trade clause in his contract goes into effect on June 15. He will decide at that time on 10 teams that he does not want to play for and then wait until he is dealt. Stay tuned.
Sun, May 18, 2014 11:02:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Claude Giroux
2Sean Couturier
3Ryan White
4Chris VandeVelde
5Nick Cousins
6Vincent Lecavalier
LW1Brayden Schenn
2Matt Read
3Pierre-Edouard Bellemare
4Zac Rinaldo
5R.J. Umberger
RW1Jakub Voracek
2Wayne Simmonds
3Michael Raffl
4Jay Rosehill
D1Mark Streit
2Andrew MacDonald
3Nicklas Grossmann
4Michael Del Zotto
5Luke Schenn
6Nick Schultz
7Carlo Colaiacovo
8Radko Gudas
9Brandon Manning
10Chris Pronger
G1Steve Mason
2Ray Emery