NHL Notes: Umberger reportedly wants trade

NHL Notes: Umberger reportedly wants trade
May 18, 2014, 1:30 pm
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R.J. Umberger posted 18 goals and 34 points for the Columbus Blue Jackets last season. (AP)


Former Flyer R.J. Umberger is coming off a disappointing season with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The 32-year-old posted 18 goals and 34 points, but was a healthy scratch four times during a seven-game stretch while the Jackets were fighting for a playoff spot late in the season.

Apparently that was enough for Umberger to request a trade out of Columbus. Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reports Umberger and the Blue Jackets have agreed he should be dealt and the team will do its part to move him this summer.

Umberger still has three years remaining on his contract and carries a $4.6 million cap hit. Portzline also reported it's unlikely the Jackets will buy out his contract.

After four seasons in the Flyers' organization, Umberger was traded to Columbus on June 20, 2008 in exchange for two draft picks. During his six-year tenure with the Jackets, the veteran forward has posted 120 goals and 130 assists in 445 games.


Canadiens: Health of Price still uncertain
BROSSARD, Que. -- Montreal goaltender Carey Price's status for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference final is still unclear.

Price briefly tested his right knee Sunday before the Canadiens' optional practice. Coach Michel Therrien says the team will know more Monday before they host the New York Rangers trailing 1-0 in the series.

Price spent about five minutes on the ice with goaltending coach Stephane Waite, mostly moving side to side in the crease.

Price was hurt early in the second period of Saturday's 7-2 loss in Game 1 when Rangers forward Chris Kreider crashed into him skates-first after missing the net on a breakaway.

Price lay on the ice for a while and appeared to injure his right knee, but got up and stayed in the game. After giving up two goals late in the period, he was replaced by backup Peter Budaj for the third (see full story).

-The Associated Press

Rangers: Brassard listed as day to day
Derick Brassard played just two shifts in Game 1 against the Canadiens on Saturday, totaling just 35 seconds of ice time.

The Rangers' forward left the game and did not return after Montreal blueliner Mike Weaver connected on an open-ice, shoulder-to-shoulder hit on Brassard's left side three minutes into the first period.

According to NHL.com, Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault said Brassard is listed as day to day.

Brassard has been a key contributor for New York this postseason. He's collected four goals, including two game-winners, and three assists in 14 games.

Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Final is scheduled for 8 p.m. on Monday at Bell Centre in Montreal.


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