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02-06-2013, 12:49 PM
Join Date: Jun 2008
Who actually believes that this guy can be traded? Why would any team possibly want him?
Do some people not understand a salary cap? $4.5 million/yr. for 4 more years after this season for a guy whose production went down 30% last year-despite playing a lot with Rick Nash and getting loads of PP time-and whose "production" this year is laughable. His trend line is downright scary. It's Scott Gomez-like.
He plays soft as a baby's bottom. He does not play the game one would expect of a 6'2" 220 lbs. "power forward". He avoids contact and often times makes a very weak presence in front of the net. His only checking is done at the bank.
He's not particularly fast and his shot isn't effective from much past the slot. His passing is nothing more than pedestrian.
He seems to have all of the enthusiasm of an embalmer to boot. It's hard to believe he'd bring much to a locker room in terms of spirit.
Umberger needs to play a grinding, tough and energetic game to be effective. He doesn't do that anymore. Why would anyone have any realistic expectation for him to regain form?
He's untradeable. It's fantasy to believe otherwise. The only scenario would be to "trade" him for another declining underperformer with a huge contract. So, that's really not trading. It's exchanging problems.
He's tailor made for the amnesty buyout. That is the CBJs most reasoned option with this disaster. Suck it up and move on.
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