Jan 27, 2014; Raleigh, NC, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets forward R. J. Umberger (18) celebrates his 1st period goal against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

NHL Trade Rumors: The Carolina Hurricanes Should Be Interested in R.J. Umberger

Columbus Blue Jackets forward R.J. Umberger has reportedly requested a trade out of the Columbus Blue Jackets organization. The three-time 50 point getter tallied 34 points (18 goals, 16 assists) in 74 regular season games for the Columbus Blue Jackets in the 2013-2014 season.

R.J. Umberger brings a lot of passion and grit to the ice. He has also proven that he is able to score 15-20 goals year in and year out. That is something the Carolina Hurricanes could benefit greatly from.

The Carolina Hurricanes could use R.J. Umberger in a third-line role. He’d be a huge upgrade over players like Radek Dvorak, Drayson Bowman and Patrick Dwyer.

The 32-year-old forward has played 30 NHL Playoff games throughout his nine-season career dating back to the 2005-2006 season. Umberger has tallied 20 points (14 goals, 6 assists) in those 30 playoff games. R.J. Umberger’s playoff experience could really help out a young Carolina Hurricanes team.

R.J. Umberger would not be a blockbuster acquisition, but it would definitely be an impactful one for the Carolina Hurricanes. They would be getting a penalty killer, a heart and soul player and a player that can play in a lot of places in the lineup.

I think R.J. Umberger could be a good, cheap options for the Carolina Hurricanes’ bottom six forward unit. He is a great two-way forward who brings tons of grit and leadership.


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