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01-26-2010, 11:46 AM
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Umberger sends regards

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After the game tonight, rather than go immediately to the team bus, he sought me and another writer out and asked us to do him a favor.

He wanted us to let the fans of Philadelphia know that he wanted to come onto the ice to thank them for the way they’ve treated him, both in the past and tonight, but couldn’t because there was an immediate team meeting after game.

“I don’t want them to think I’m blowing them off or anything,” he said.

He could have simply got on the bus to the airport. He could have popped in his I-pod and drowned out all distractions. He could have just ho-hummed his way through another loss and looked forward to a little nap on his short flight home.

Instead, he wanted to find a way to say thank you to the fans of Philadelphia and made it his mission.

He got to a couple of us. I spread the word through the press box in hopes that all in attendance at this game as well as all those who follow the FLyers from home get to see how genuine Umberger really is.

And who knows, maybe one day when he’s a free agent, this organization will bring him back.

Because he always wanted to be a Flyer for the rest of his career. He has a tattoo of the logo to prove it.

http://www.phinallyphilly.com/2010/0...ers-beat-rags/






Didn't know Umberger had a Flyers tat, but the guy is nothing but class. Maybe one day we can bring him back, he seems to love Philly and Philly has a spot in their heart for him.

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01-26-2010, 11:49 AM
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http://www.phinallyphilly.com/2010/0...ers-beat-rags/






Didn't know Umberger had a Flyers tat, but the guy is nothing but class. Maybe one day we can bring him back, he seems to love Philly and Philly has a spot in their heart for him.
A tad bit late. This was all over the Columbus GTD.

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01-26-2010, 11:51 AM
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Old news, but still worth saying that I want to bring Umberger back.

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01-26-2010, 11:52 AM
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I love this story. Goes to show that some players can actually love us Neanderthal Philly fans!

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I love Umberger. Would love to see him back someday.

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This is why hockey players are usually the class act in sports.

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01-26-2010, 12:09 PM
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Is Umberger the kind of guy we think ends up taking a 'hometown' discount here, once he's a UFA? Because that would be really nice.

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Thats just awesome. Met him at the first Cote carnival. This was after he had been traded but he was still in the area for a bit before he had to go. Got his autograph and wished him the best of luck in Columbus and hope that he made it back here eventually. A great player when in Philly.

Like most of you, I want him back here.

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01-26-2010, 12:27 PM
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come back RJ!

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01-26-2010, 12:28 PM
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Whats his contract?

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Whats his contract?
3.75 million. Maybe trade Hartnell for his rights before the free agency opens up in 2012-2013? We need Umberger back, he's a true Pens killer.

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01-26-2010, 12:43 PM
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3.75 million. Maybe trade Hartnell for his rights before the free agency opens up in 2012-2013? We need Umberger back, he's a true Pens killer.
That was Lupul

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01-26-2010, 12:56 PM
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I actually wasn't aware of this. Awesome news to hear.

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That was Lupul

No, it was Umberger.

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No, it was Umberger.
Umberger was more of a Habs killer that year. He was downright beastly that year.

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Umberger was more of a Habs killer that year. He was downright beastly that year.
Umberger constantly tore up the Pens.

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01-26-2010, 01:37 PM
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I love RJ, I never knew he had a Flyers tattoo, that's pretty ****ing awesome. The Flyers really must be one of the better organizations to play for in the league if so many players who leave still publicly show their love for the organization.

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01-26-2010, 01:39 PM
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Is Umberger the kind of guy we think ends up taking a 'hometown' discount here, once he's a UFA? Because that would be really nice.
No, why would he take a discount on the open market?

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No, why would he take a discount on the open market?
Because he ****ing branded himself with the Flyers logo. He's already got millions. He might as well make his leg make a little more sense.

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01-26-2010, 02:18 PM
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would love to see him back, and honestly if he loves our city enough to get that tattoo and to try so hard to talk to the flyers after the game, i bet he'd be more than willing to take a reasonable pay cut to play here again

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Because he ****ing branded himself with the Flyers logo. He's already got millions. He might as well make his leg make a little more sense.
Yeah, okay. He will turn down millions of dollars because of some ink on his leg. I'm sure his agent and the players association would be thrilled.

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I wonder, do you think the Blue Jackets were iffy about the tattoo? Seriously though, if he is still doing well when he becomes a UFA, I'd say we should pick him up again.

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No, why would he take a discount on the open market?
Players do it all the time, for a variety of reasons. Believe it or not, money is not the only incentive when players determine where to sign.

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Yeah, okay. He will turn down millions of dollars because of some ink on his leg. I'm sure his agent and the players association would be thrilled.
Players take discounts all the time.

Just this past offseason Neil apparently turned down a 4 year 9.2 million dollar deal with Toronto to stay in Ottawa, where he signed a 4 year 8 million dollar deal.

So yeah, I could see a guy turning down a million dollars to play for the team and fans he obviously loves (as evidenced by the tattoo).

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Players take discounts all the time.

Just this past offseason Neil apparently turned down a 4 year 9.2 million dollar deal with Toronto to stay in Ottawa, where he signed a 4 year 8 million dollar deal.

So yeah, I could see a guy turning down a million dollars to play for the team and fans he obviously loves (as evidenced by the tattoo).
Can you blame him. I'd take Ottawa too. I wouldn't want to deal with the hassle of the epic fail that Toronto is.

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