The news hit Scott Hartnell hard. He wasn’t wanted anymore by the Philadelphia Flyers.
On Monday, days after he had ‘the talk’ with Flyers brass, the two sides broke up. Hartnell agreed to waive his no-movement clause for a trade to the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for R.J. Umberger and a fourth-round NHL draft pick in 2015.
Hartnell recounted his conversation with general manager Ron Hextall.
“He decided it was best for me to move on from the Flyers,” Hartnell told reporters. “To be honest, I was pretty shocked at first. I was upset and a little angry. I took a few days to look at the situation. It was hard.
“It was not easy. A lot of emotions. At the end of the day, I decided that Columbus is an up-and-coming team. They have young, great players. It was the right decision for me to go to a team that was very excited to have me.”
Hartnell, 32, is one year into a six-year, $28.5 million contract. After scoring 37 goals in the 2011-12 season, which earned him the contract, Hartnell scored just 20 goals and 32 assists in 78 games last season.
Umberger, also 32, scored 18 goals and 16 assists in 74 games last season but was used sparingly down the stretch. He began his career in Philadelphia and was traded to Columbus in 2008.