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RJ Umberger expected to be bought out by Flyers

11 Jan 2014 Blue Jackets RJ Umberger (18) skates with the puck during the Winnipeg Jets vs Columbus Blue Jackets game at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg MB.
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The Philadelphia Flyers didn’t get the production they were expecting from forward RJ Umberger when they dealt fellow veteran Scott Hartnell for him in the summer of 2014.

Since getting dealt to Philadelphia from the Columbus Blue Jackets, the 34-year-old Pittsburgh native (who had played for the Flyers previously in his career as well) has put up just 11 goals and 26 points through two seasons. He didn’t draw into any of the team’s postseason games, and was only on the ice for 39 of the team’s 82 contests during the regular season.

So at locker cleanout day on Tuesday, the veteran forward suggested he doesn’t expect to return next year.

The Courier-Post’s Dave Isaac reported on Tuesday that Umberger expects to be bought out this summer, which would have the team parting ways with him and a chunk of his $4.5 million cap hit one year early.

General Fanager suggests this will cost the Flyers a little under two million per season for each of the next two years if they do choose to buy out the forward, which is likely their best move – while it will cost them $1.5 million more during the 2017-18 season than they would have initially had to pay, it will save the team $3 million for the upcoming year (which frees up cap space the team may want to use elsewhere).

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