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R.J. Umberger | Winger

Team: Philadelphia Flyers
Age / DOB:  (32) / 5/3/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 220
College: Ohio State
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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. Jun 24 - 11:06 AM

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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.
Jun 23 - 12:29 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.
Jun 16 - 10:37 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.
Jun 1 - 10:09 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.
May 18 - 11:02 AM

R.J. Umberger opened up about how long he was battling through injuries.

As previously reported, Umberger had a separated shoulder, herniated disc, and broken finger. Umberger apparently started playing through the broken finger in early March, not aware that there was a break. It's only when the pain wasn't going away that they finally had a second X-Ray, which revealed a hairline fracture. His back problems were consistent throughout the season and got worse after the Olympic break. An MRI revealed a herniated disc, but it wasn't knocked out of the lineup until he separated his shoulder. Umberger missed the last four seasons as a result of that injury, but still managed to play in four of the Penguins' six postseason contests. He had 18 goals and 34 points in 74 contests in 2013-14.
May 7 - 9:59 AM

R.J. Umberger revealed that he played through a broken finger, separated shoulder and herniated disc during the Jackets' first round playoff series with Pittsburgh.

Many of the wounded Jackets revealed their injuries the day after the team was eliminated from the playoffs by the Penguins on Tuesday. Umberger missed Games 1 and 6 of the series. "Lower body is fine," the left winger joked.
Apr 29 - 7:44 PM

R.J. Umberger (shoulder) won't play Monday night in Game 6.

He has one assist in four games in Columbus' first-round series versus Pittsburgh. Consider him day-to-day for now. The Blue Jackets will be looking to avoid elimination in Monday's contest.
Apr 28 - 4:25 PM

The Columbus Dispatch is reporting that R.J. Umberger is expected to play on Monday after he suffered a shoulder injury in the third period Saturday.

Umberger ended the season as he missed the last three games with upper body injuries. He grabbed his shoulder after getting hit in the third period Saturday but did manage to return to action. "It’s an ongoing issue," Umberger said. Stay tuned.
Apr 28 - 8:09 AM

R.J. Umberger left Saturday's game in the third period but returned before the end of the game.

Umberger was not too happy as he appeared to be grabbing his shoulder but he was able to come back. Umberger missed the final three games of the regular season with upper body injuries and he is likely playing hurt in the playoffs. Stay tuned as Game 6 is in Columbus Monday.
Apr 27 - 7:18 AM

The Blue Jackets' R.J. Umberger has a nasty welt around his left eye and a few stitches just below it.

He also has a bruised left hand, not to mention other upper-body ailments that kept him out of Game 1 of the Columbus-Pittsburgh, first-round playoff series. The bruised left hand is actually a really good thing, according to the Columbus Dispatch. Umberger hit the ice to block a shot by Pittsburgh's Olli Maatta early in overtime on Wednesday, the painful play that started the sequence that ended with Nick Foligno's game-winning goal. If Umberger hadn't gotten his left paw up to his face in time, Maatta's shot would have struck him in the left eye. "I still would have blocked the shot, but I'd still be in the hospital, probably," he said.
Apr 26 - 9:56 AM

R.J. Umberger replaced Jared Boll in the Columbus lineup on Saturday.

Umberger had been out with an upper body injury as he missed Game 1. Umberger was minus-one with nary a point in 15:39 minutes of action on Saturday.
Apr 20 - 10:23 AM

The return of right wing R.J. Umberger likely means a healthy scratch for fourth-liner Corey Tropp.

Umberger skated in practice Friday on the third line, with center Artem Anisimov and right wing Blake Comeau. That pushed Derek MacKenzie into Tropp’s spot on the left side of the fourth line, with center Mark Letestu and right wing Jared Boll.
Apr 19 - 10:12 AM

R.J. Umberger (upper body) will be available for Game 2 on Saturday.

Umberger missed the Blue Jackets' playoff opener due to the injury. He had 18 goals and 34 points in 74 contests in 2013-14.
Apr 18 - 12:13 PM

R.J. Umberger (upper body) is a possibility for Game 2 on Saturday.

Umberger won't be on the ice when the Blue Jackets' series against Pittsburgh starts on Wednesday. He had 18 goals and 34 points in 74 games this season.
Apr 16 - 9:31 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Claude Giroux
2Vincent Lecavalier
3Brayden Schenn
4Sean Couturier
5Blair Jones
6Chris VandeVelde
LW1R.J. Umberger
2Matt Read
3Pierre-Edouard Bellemare
4Zac Rinaldo
5Jay Rosehill
RW1Jakub Voracek
2Wayne Simmonds
3Michael Raffl
4Jason Akeson
D1Mark Streit
2Braydon Coburn
3Andrew MacDonald
4Nicklas Grossmann
5Michael Del Zotto
6Luke Schenn
7Nick Schultz
8Kimmo Timonen
9Chris Pronger
G1Steve Mason
2Ray Emery