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Blue Jackets Acquire R.J. Umberger from Philly

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nhl.com wrote Blue Jackets Acquire Center R.J. Umberger from Philadelphia

Associated Press Jun 20, 2008, 9:45 PM EDT

The Philadelphia Flyers traded versatile forward R.J. Umberger to the Columbus Blue Jackets during the first round of the NHL draft on Friday night.

The Flyers received the Blue Jackets’ first-round pick (19th overall) and Columbus’ third-round selection (67th overall). Philadelphia also sent its fourth-round choice (No. 119) with Umberger to Columbus.

Umberger, 25, can be a restricted free agent on July 1 and the Flyers were having difficulty re-signing him because of the salary cap. Philadelphia is trying to create room to reach a deal with another restricted free agent, forward Jeff Carter.

Umberger had his best season as a professional in 2007-08 with Philadelphia, recording 50 points (13 goals, 37 assists) in 74 games. In the playoffs, Umberger led the Flyers in goals with 10 and was second in points with 15 in 17 games.

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For the 19th and 67th overall picks in the draft. Columbus also gets Philly’s fourth rounder. Umberger should help somewhat at center, but he’s clearly not the #1 center the Jackets still need. Jackets hung onto the #6 pick and chose Nikita Filatov of Russia.

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