Ron Hextall's first major move as the new GM of the Philadelphia Flyer was to trade Scott Hartnell to the Columbus Blue Jackets. In return the Flyers got back R.J. Umberger and a fifth round draft in the 2015 draft.
Umberger, 32, makes his return to the Flyers after spending the past six seasons with Columbus where he had 18 goals and 16 assists in 74 games.
Umberger spent his first three years in the NHL with the Philadelphia Flyers where he recorded 49 goals and 67 assists in 228 regular season games. In the 2008 playoffs Umberger scored 10 goals and had 5 assists when he helped the Flyers reach the Eastern Conference finals.
In June of 2008 he was traded from the Flyers to the Columbus Blue Jackets along with a 2008 draft pick for two draft picks, which the Flyers later used to draft Luca Sbisa and Marc-Andre Bourdon in the 2008 Entry Draft.
Hartnell was acquired from the Nashville Predators in June of 2007. He played in 517 games in 7 years for the Flyers recording 157 goals and 169 assists.
This is the third trade the Flyers have made on June 23rd over the last three years, On June 23rd, 2011 the Flyers traded Mike Richards and Jeff Carter to the LA Kings. On June 23rd, 2012 the Flyers traded James Van Riemsdyk.to the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Salary wise the trade is pretty much an even swap of players between the two teams. The upside for the Flyers, Umberger brings more speed to the team and less long term salary obligation. Umberger has only three years at $4.6 million a year left on his contract, Hartnell has five years at $4.75 million a year.
According to Philly.com Hartnell felt "unwanted by the Flyers," so he waved his no trade clause.
Fan response on Philly.com has been mixed with some fans hailing the trade and other fans wonder how much more Hextall is going to do to mold this team into his image. There most certainly will be more moves to come, after the draft this weekend.or maybe before. Hextall will most certainly make this off season more interesting.