Columbus ships R.J. Umberger to Flyers, acquire Scott Hartnell

 

The Columbus Blue Jackets found a trade partner for R.J. Umberger, sending Umberger and a fourth round pick to the Philadelphia Flyers for Scott Hartnell, Aaron Portzline of the Columbus-Disptch reports. Umberger, 32, demanded a trade out of Columbus. Although Hartnell had somewhat of a down year in 2013-2014, 20 goals – 52 points, this is a clear win for the Blue Jackets. Umberger has been a fading player and the biggest concern has been his body breaking down. He’s dealing with a bad back that isn’t likely to improve into his mid-30’s. Umberger has three years left on his deal with a $4.6 million cap hit. Hartnell, 32, has five years left on his deal with a $4.75 million cap hit. The Flyers get rid of the longer term deal but Columbus gets the much more impact player for the next three years that Umberger was under contract for.Read More »

Game 53 Scouting Report: Penguins @ Flyers

 

Game 53 Pittsburgh Penguins (31-20-1) 63 points – 4th Eastern Conference at Philadelphia Flyers (26-21-3) 55 points – 6th Eastern Conference Pre-game Buzz: Goaltender Marc Andre Fleury (fractured finger) will return to action this afternoon for the first time in over a week. Fleury went through his first full practice on Saturday and has deemed himself ready to go. Fleury will start one of the back-to-back games and is expected to start today. Nick Johnson will appear in his second straight game after getting a late Saturday afternoon callup by the Penguins. Pascal Dupuis (facial injury) will return to the lineup, while Max Talbot (lower body) will miss his second straight game.

Atlantic Division Report

 

Around the Atlantic Division 1. New Jersey Devils (33-14-1-67pts) 2. Pittsburgh Penguins (31-20-1-63 pts) 3. New York Rangers (24-20-7-55 pts) 4. New York Islanders (23-20-8-54 pts) 5. Philadelphia Flyers (25-21-3-53 pts) Tortorella furious after Carcillo fights Marian Gaborik The Philadelphia Flyers defeated the New York Rangers 2-0 Thursday night and Rangers head coach John Tortorella was furious after the game as Daniel Carcillo fought Rangers star winger Marian Gaborik. “There’s no honor in that,” Tortorella said. “I don’t play the game, I don’t wear the uniform, I don’t want to say too much about it, but there’s simply no honor in that.” Carcillo has no honor in going after Gaborik but Tortorella should be furious at Gaborik’s teammates like Dan Girardi who just watched their star player get pummeled. Meanwhile, Tortorella and New York Post writer Larry Brooks got into it once again. The confrontation started when Larry Brooks askedRead More »

Round 1 goes to Pittsburgh

 

Pittsburgh 5 – Philadelphia 4 The Philadelphia Flyers have aspirations of reaching the Stanley Cup this season but they will have to go through the Pittsburgh Penguins first. Round 1 tonight went to Pittsburgh. The Penguins who have knocked the Flyers out of the playoffs for the past two seasons, defeated the Flyers 5-4 Thursday night at the Wacovia Center in the first meeting between the two division rivals since last April’s 1st round playoff series.

NHL, refs must protect players who make clean hits

 

Philadelphia_ Chris Kunitz delivered a bone-crunching hit (click here to view) on Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen in the first period of Sunday‚Äôs game. The hit was shoulder to chest as Kunitz caught Timonen coming around the net with his head down. After Kunitz delivered the hit, Flyers defenseman Ryan Parent gave him two cross-checks to the back which should have drawn a minor penalty and as¬†Kunitz¬†skated down the ice, Scott Hartnell gave him a few whacks with his stick until the two players came to blows and were assessed 5 minute fighting majors. There was not a extra penalty assessed to Hartnell and Parent did not receive a penalty. Physical play is what makes the NHL a great game but players should not be worried about making a clean hit and being mobbed by the opposition. The refs need to read the situation and make the right call. Role PlayersRead More »

Hartnell in denial about undisciplined penalties

 

Following the game, the Philadelphia Flyers talked about how it was difficult to generate any momentum because of the penalties they were taking. 30 goal scorer Scott Hartnell played a factor in the Flyers being unable to generate any momentum. Hartnell had three minor penalties on the night and was assessed a 10 minute game-misconduct late in the third period Interesting quotes from Hartnell following the game on how the penalties he took were not undisciplined