Thread: Proposal: Umberger
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02-06-2013, 01:18 PM
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Originally Posted by Cyclones Rock View Post
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.
Regardless if whether you think he can be traded or not, your overall analysis from top to bottom is severely lacking. First off, we aren't going to amnesty buy out this guy, but thank you for wanting to blow the owners money like that. You do have a couple of decent points but it's almost impossible to notice with the hyperbole and melodrama.

A trade is far more likely than an amnesty buy out. I'm not saying the former is likely, just more likely.

Originally Posted by EspenK View Post
I was thinking the other day if we traded him and took back half his salary, it would be cheaper than the amnesty buyout by about 3 mill over the 4 years. Probably isn't going to happen but its an interesting thought.
That wasn't allowed in the old CBA, almost certain it's not allowed in the new CBA.

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