Report: Blue Jackets to accommodate R.J. Umberger's trade request

by May 18, 8:55 AM

There has never been a better time to be a Columbus Blue Jacket.  

On the heels of Columbus' most successful campaign in franchise history, their 2014-15 season outlook has reached peak optimism - but that doesn't mean there isn't one disgruntled member of their budding fleet. 

Veteran forward R.J. Umberger reportedly requested a trade during his season-ending exit interview, a plea team management has agreed to accommodate according to sources of the Columbus Dispatch's Aaron Portzline

Umberger skated to his first two playoff wins in six years with the organization this season, but despite battling a myriad of injuries, Umberger was scratched per coach's decision in four late-season games. 

Trading the former Philadelphia Flyer will be a challenge for general manager Jarmo Kekalainen; Umberger has a hefty $13.8 million cap hit over three years remaining on his current deal, which also includes a limited no-trade clause kicking in June 15.