|Assets:||Is a sound offensive player with excellent size and strength. Complements star forwards well. A good skater, he has a good wrister and is also capable of playing all three forward positions. He's an asset on special teams.|
|Flaws:||Isn't physical enough for his size. Still needs some more work in the defensive zone and doesn't play enough of a consistent brand of hockey. Stops moving his feet at times, which hurts his game considerably.|
|Career Potential:||Versatile complementary forward.|
|CCHA||Rookie of the Year||2000-01|
|CCHA||First All-Star Team||2002-03|
|NCAA||West Second All-American Team||2002-03|
|6/23/2014||Acquired from the Columbus Blue Jackets.|
|4/28/2014||Missed the last playoff game (shoulder injury).|
|4/18/2014||Missed the last 4 regular season and first playoff games (upper body injury).|
|4/07/2014||Upper body injury, sidelined indefinitely.|
|1/23/2012||Missed 5 games (concussion).|
|1/17/2012||Concussion, injured reserve.|
|1/13/2012||Concussion, sidelined indefinitely.|
|9/21/2011||Signed by the Columbus Blue Jackets to a five-year contract extension.|
|7/07/2008||Re-signed as a restricted free agent by the Columbus Blue Jackets to a four-year contract.|
|6/20/2008||Acquired from the Philadelphia Flyers.|
|4/02/2008||Missed 6 games (sprained left MCL).|
|3/21/2008||Sprained left MCL, late March.|
|10/10/2007||Missed 2 games (left hand injury).|
|9/28/2007||Left hand injury, mid-October.|
|2/24/2007||Missed 1 game (flu).|
|7/06/2006||Re-signed as a restricted free agent by the Philadelphia Flyers to a two-year contract.|
|4/26/2006||Missed Game 2 of Round One against the Buffalo Sabres (head injury).|
|4/23/2006||Head injury, day-to-day.|
|4/22/2006||Head injury, left Saturday's game.|
|11/02/2005||Recalled from Philadelphia (AHL).|
|10/31/2005||Assigned to Philadelphia (AHL).|
|10/30/2005||Recalled from Philadelphia (AHL).|
|10/04/2005||Assigned to Philadelphia (AHL).|
|6/16/2004||Signed as a free agent by the Philadelphia Flyers to a two-year contract.|
|3/09/2004||Acquired from the Vancouver Canucks.|
|6/23/2014||Columbus Blue Jackets traded R.J. Umberger and a 4th round selection in 2015 to the Philadelphia Flyers for Scott Hartnell.|
|6/20/2008||Philadelphia Flyers traded R.J. Umberger and a 4th round selection in 2008 to the Columbus Blue Jackets for a 1st and 3rd round selections in 2008.|
|6/16/2004||Signed as a free agent by the Philadelphia Flyers.|
|3/09/2004||New York Rangers traded Martin Rucinsky to the Vancouver Canucks for Martin Grenier and R.J. Umberger.|
|6/23/2001||Drafted by the Vancouver Canucks in the 1st round (16th overall) in 2001.|
Flyers left wing R.J. Umberger posted four straight 20-goal seasons from 2008-2012. | 10/01/2014 11:23 AM
NewsFlyers left wing R.J. Umberger posted four straight 20-goal seasons from 2008-2012.
ImpactUmberger did all that with the Columbus Blue Jackets. This year, Umberger will have the challenge of holding off the up-and-coming players on the Flyers roster. Umberger has experience and is a player both the Flyers and fantasy owners can comfortably fall back on, but his ceiling is pretty low. He scored just 34 points last year in 74 games.
Umberger feels he has plenty left in the tank | 06/24/2014 11:06 AM
NewsR.J. Umberger, who was reacquired by the Flyers on Monday, still feels he can contribute.
Philadelphia Inquirer & Daily News
Impact"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.
Flyers get R.J. Umberger from Columbus | 06/23/2014 12:29 PM
NewsThe Philadelphia Flyers have acquired R.J. Umberger and a 2015 fourth-round pick from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for Scott Hartnell.
ImpactThe 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.
Jackets face decisions with R.J. Umberger | 06/16/2014 10:37 AM
NewsR.J. Umberger could be bought out by Columbus, as a last resort, if the team cannot find a trade partner for him.
Bob McKenzie on Twitter
ImpactThe 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.
Could there be a Umberger-for-Gagner trade? | 06/01/2014 10:09 AM
NewsThere's a rumor floating around that R.J. Umberger might be dealt to the Edmonton Oilers for Sam Gagner.
ImpactTake 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.
R.J. Umberger asks for trade out of Columbus | 05/18/2014 11:02 AM
NewsR.J. Umberger has asked the Columbus Blue Jackets to trade him in the off-season.
ImpactIt 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.
Umberger was plagued by injuries in 13-14 | 05/07/2014 9:59 AM
NewsR.J. Umberger opened up about how long he was battling through injuries.
ImpactAs 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.
R.J. Umberger played through many injuries | 04/29/2014 7:44 PM
NewsR.J. Umberger revealed that he played through a broken finger, separated shoulder and herniated disc during the Jackets' first round playoff series with Pittsburgh.
ImpactMany 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.
R.J. Umberger will sit out Game 6 after all | 04/28/2014 4:25 PM
NewsR.J. Umberger (shoulder) won't play Monday night in Game 6.
ImpactHe 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.
R.J. Umberger expected to play on Monday | 04/28/2014 8:09 AM
NewsThe 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.
ImpactUmberger 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.
R.J. Umberger returns late in the third | 04/27/2014 7:18 AM
NewsR.J. Umberger left Saturday's game in the third period but returned before the end of the game.
ImpactUmberger 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.
R.J. Umberger banged up but not all that bad | 04/26/2014 9:56 AM
NewsThe Blue Jackets' R.J. Umberger has a nasty welt around his left eye and a few stitches just below it.
ImpactHe 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.
R.J. Umberger back in the Columbus lineup | 04/20/2014 10:23 AM
NewsR.J. Umberger replaced Jared Boll in the Columbus lineup on Saturday.
ImpactUmberger 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.
R.J. Umberger back for Blue Jackets today | 04/19/2014 10:12 AM
NewsThe return of right wing R.J. Umberger likely means a healthy scratch for fourth-liner Corey Tropp.
ImpactUmberger 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.
Columbus will get R.J. Umberger back Saturday | 04/18/2014 12:13 PM
NewsR.J. Umberger (upper body) will be available for Game 2 on Saturday.
Bluejackets.nhl.com on Twitter
ImpactUmberger missed the Blue Jackets' playoff opener due to the injury. He had 18 goals and 34 points in 74 contests in 2013-14.
R.J. Umberger might be available for Game 2 | 04/16/2014 9:31 AM
NewsR.J. Umberger (upper body) is a possibility for Game 2 on Saturday.
ImpactUmberger 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.
R.J. Umberger is day-to-day, out Game 1 | 04/15/2014 10:05 AM
NewsThe Columbus Blue Jackets think R.J. Umberger (upper body) will return before the end of the first round.
ImpactUmberger won't participate in Game 1 though. He had 18 goals and 34 points in 74 contests this season.
R.J. Umberger out indefinitely with UBI | 04/13/2014 6:48 AM
NewsR.J. Umberger is now out indefinitely with an upper body injury.
ImpactUmberger was projected to miss at least a couple of weeks when the injury occurred a week ago but his status has now changed as the playoffs are set to begin. He had been a healthy scratch of late and will end the season with 34 points, including eight power play goals.
R.J. Umberger out for about 2 weeks with UBI | 04/07/2014 2:55 PM
NewsR.J. Umberger is projected to miss at least a couple of week because of an upper-body injury.
ImpactHe had been a healthy scratch in four of the past 10 games. Umberger has skated on the fourth line in his past two appearances in the lineup. He leads the Blue Jackets with eight power-play goals and has 34 points in 74 games.
R.J. Umberger stays in the press box | 04/01/2014 2:16 PM
NewsR.J. Umberger will spend Tuesday's game in the press box.
ImpactIt will be the fourth time Umberger has been listed as a healthy scratch in seven games. This is just the second season of his five-year, $23 million contract, but it wouldn't be surprising if the Blue Jackets used a compliance buyout on him over the summer.
R.J. Umberger a healthy scratch Saturday | 03/30/2014 3:31 AM
NewsR.J. Umberger was a healthy scratch on Saturday.
ImpactIt was the third time in six contests that Umberger has found himself in the press box and that cannot be sitting well with the the veteran. He has 18 goals and 33 points this season in 71 games but has not had a point in his last five games.
R.J. Umberger returns after two game benching | 03/24/2014 5:19 AM
NewsR.J. Umberger returned to the Columbus lineup after a two game benching.
ImpactUmberger saw 3:52 minutes of power play time as part of his 14:49 minutes of play as he lined up with Artem Anisimov as well as Nick Foligno in the 2-0 loss to the Islanders. Umberger has scored only once in his last seven games and has 18 goals and 33 points in 68 games this season.
Umberger may draw back in v Isles Sunday | 03/23/2014 9:44 AM
NewsR.J. Umberger, who has been a healthy scratch for the Blue Jackets' last two games, may draw back in against the Islanders Sunday afternoon.
ImpactIt is not a given Umberger will play, but we get the feeling that Columbus coach Todd Richards wants to give his slumping forward a chance to redeem himself. "By no means is he in the doghouse or anything like that," Richards said of Umberger. "But we want to get him back into games, yeah." Don't be surprised if Umberger dresses Sunday and responds with a solid game.
R.J. Umberger will be scratched Thursday | 03/20/2014 3:40 PM
NewsR.J. Umberger will be scratched Thursday night.
Impact"(R.J.'s) been OK, but I think there's more," coach Todd Richards said. "I think he can be better." Umberger has one goal in his last six games.
Umberger plays after being game-time decision | 03/04/2014 9:37 AM
NewsR.J. Umberger (finger) ended up playing on Monday after being listed as a game-time decision.
ImpactUmberger had two shots on goal and logged 13:39 minutes in Columbus' 2-1 win over Toronto. He has 16 goals and 31 points in 61 games this season.
R.J. Umberger is a game-time call Monday | 03/03/2014 4:00 PM
NewsR.J. Umberger is officially listed as game-time decision, but coach Todd Richards expects him to play against Toronto on Monday night.
ImpactHe sustained a finger injury in Saturday's against the Florida Panthers, but he was able to finish the contest. Umberger left Monday's practice early.
R.J. Umberger reaches the 30-point mark | 02/04/2014 6:47 AM
NewsR.J. Umberger had a goal and an assist in Columbus' 4-2 victory on Monday.
ImpactIt was Umberger's 15th goal and 15th assist of the season. He's bounced back nicely after recording just 18 points in 48 contests in 2013-14.
Umberger finds the back of the net Thursday | 01/03/2014 9:42 AM
NewsR.J. Umberger scored a goal in Columbus' 2-0 victory over Phoenix on Thursday.
ImpactUmberger also was charged with a minor penalty for tripping. He now has 23 points and 16 penalty minutes in 41 games this season.
R.J. Umberger pots a pair on Saturday | 12/22/2013 5:56 AM
NewsR.J. Umberger scored twice as the Columbus Blue Jackets dumped the Philadelphia Flyers Saturday.
ImpactUmberger has 10 goals and 20 points in 36 games this season with four goals coming with the man-advantage, giving him some fantasy value in deep leagues. He has three goals in his last three games.
R.J. Umberger has an assist vs Calgary | 11/21/2013 9:45 AM
NewsR.J. Umberger recorded an assist in a 2-1 overtime victory against Calgary.
ImpactUmberger has five goals and 12 points in 22 games. After being held to just 18 points in 48 contests in 2013, he should at least get past the 40-point mark this season.
R.J. Umberger (neck) will suit up Saturday | 11/09/2013 6:26 PM
NewsR.J. Umberger will play Saturday after he suffered a strained neck during Wednesday's practice.
ImpactHe was able to play on Thursday and then he skipped Friday's practice. "It's as good as it's going to get, I guess," Umberger said. "I'm making the best of it. He has eight points in 15 games.
R.J. Umberger questionable for tonight's game | 11/09/2013 10:22 AM
NewsRight wing R.J. Umberger (neck) of the Blue Jackets did not practice Friday and is questionable for Saturday, when Columbus faces the New York Islanders.
ImpactJackets defenseman Ryan Murray suffered a minor lower-body injury on Thursday, according to Columbus coach Todd Richards. He didn't practice Friday but Richards is "hopeful" he will play on Saturday.
R.J. Umberger will be a game-time call Thurs. | 11/07/2013 11:35 AM
NewsR.J. Umberger (neck) is listed as a game-time decision for Thursday's game against the New York Rangers.
Aaron Portzline on Twitter
ImpactHe sprained it when he was struck by a puck in Wednesday's practice after he jerked his head suddenly. If he's able to play then Sean Collins will be a healthy scratch.
R.J. Umberger finds net for second time | 11/06/2013 12:26 AM
NewsR.J. Umberger scored his second goal of the season in the Blue Jackets' 4-1 loss to the Ottawa Senators.
ImpactUmberger scored on his one SOG, generated two PIM and one hit on Tuesday.
R.J. Umberger doesn't practice on PP units | 10/02/2013 9:12 AM
NewsR.J. Umberger was held off of both power-play lines during Tuesday's practice.
ImpactThat's a troubling development for Umberger owners, especially after he led all Blue Jackets forwards in playing time with the man advantage last season. Columbus struggled to convert on their power-play chances last season, so they're trying to mix things up.
Umberger scored a power-play goal Saturday | 03/23/2013 10:54 PM
NewsR.J. Umberger scored a power-play goal in Columbus' 5-2 defeat Saturday.
ImpactArtem Anisimov also scored a goal in the losing effort. Tim Erixon, Cam Atkinson, and Matt Calvert each registered an assist for Columbus.
R.J. Umberger scores in OT victory | 03/07/2013 11:50 PM
NewsR.J. Umberger scored his fourth goal of the season in the Blue Jackets' 2-1 overtime win Thursday night.
ImpactUmberger has suffered through a nightmarish season to-date, with just eight points in 24 outings. Matt Calvert scored the OT winner for the Jackets, assistsed by Fedor Tyutin and Jack Johnson.
Umberger gets a power-play goal Thursday | 02/22/2013 10:39 AM
NewsR.J. Umberger netted a power-play goal in Columbus' 3-2 victory on Thursday.
ImpactUmberger has just five points and a minus-five rating in 17 games this season. He's starting to pick up the pace a bit and will probably end up with about 20 points in 2013.
R.J. Umberger scores lone goal in loss to EDM | 02/10/2013 10:18 PM
NewsR.J. Umberger was the only member of the Blue Jackets that managed to beat the Oilers Devan Dubnyk in a 3-1 loss to Edmonton Sunday.
ImpactThe goal was actually the first of the campaign for the veteran forward, who has recorded only two points in 12 contests yet maintains an even plus/minus rating. Fedor Tyutin and Brandon Dubinsky drew assists on the tally.
R.J. Umberger has one point in eight games | 02/01/2013 11:11 AM
NewsR.J. Umberger has just one point in eight games.
ImpactSo far the most impressive thing about Umberger is he has a team-leading plus-one rating on the struggling Blue Jackets. He will bounce back a bit as the season goes on, but he still isn't worth owning in standard leagues.
Umberger hopes to get off to a hot start | 01/16/2013 10:17 AM
NewsR.J. Umberger is hoping to build off of his strong finish to the 2011-12 campaign.
ImpactUmberger netted nine goals in his final nine contests last season. "The finish is all I can think about," said Umberger. He's tentatively expected to play alongside Derick Brassard and Cam Atkinson.
|2003-04||Did not play||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||0.0|
|2003-04||Did not play||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||0.0|
|Goals||1||2 times-last:at Ana||last:Dec 3||2|
|Assists||1||3 times-last:vs. Car||last:Dec 13||2|
|Points||2||at Pit||Oct 22||2|
|Penalty Minutes||5||at Pit||Oct 22||4|
|Plus/Minus||2||at Pit||Oct 22||2|
|Power Play Goals||1||at Ana||Dec 3||1|
|Power Play Points||1||at Ana||Dec 3||1|
|Shorthanded Goals||0||30 times-last:vs. TB||last:Dec 16||1|
|Shorthanded Points||0||30 times-last:vs. TB||last:Dec 16||1|
|Shots||4||at Pit||Oct 22||5|
|Games||82||3 times-last: 2010-11 (CBJ)|
|Penalty Minutes||53||2008-09 (CBJ)|
|Power Play Goals||9||2008-09 (CBJ)|
|Shorthanded Goals||3||2010-11 (CBJ)|
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