May 11, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury (29) makes a pad save as teammate defenseman Matt Niskanen (2) and New York Rangers center Brad Richards (19) look on in game six of the second round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers defeated the Penguins 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

NHL News and Links - Quick Shifts: September 3rd Edition

NHL Quick Shifts is a daily series where we gather up the latest NHL news and links from the FanSided NHL blogosphere, as well as other NHL / hockey blogs. So with that, here is today’s edition of Quick Shifts!

  • R.J. Umberger: Race To The First Line – The Columbus Blue Jackets come off as the winners of the the Scott Hartnell / R.J. Umberger trade, as Hartnell put up bigger numbers than Umberger last season, who was a healthy scratch for the Jackets down the home stretch of the regular season. Broad Street Buzz makes the case for why Umberger might make a run for first line minutes, and why 2014-15 could be a bounce back season for a player many Jackets fans forgot even played for the team last year. [Broad Street Buzz]
  • Is Scott Gomez Going To Steal A Roster Spot – The New Jersey Devils have plenty of depth at the forward position (15 players signed to one-way contracts), but that hasn’t stopped them from seeing if Scott Gomez has any gas left in the tank. Gomez was extended a team tryout at this year’s camp and will be trying to make the roster for a return to New Jersey. The last time Gomez played for the Devils, he infamously left the team to go play with their cross river rivals, the New York Rangers. Something that Devils fans haven’t fully forgiven him for yet. [Pucks And Pitchforks]
  • Zac Rinaldo Shocked That The Flyers Re-Signed Zac Rinaldo – Philadelphia Flyers forward (we use that term loosely) was due to hit RFA status next Summer. Instead of waiting until July to get a deal done, the Flyers signed Rinaldo to a two-year extension yesterday. He had the fifth most penalty minutes in the NHL last season (153) and he had as many games suspended (4) as he did points. Rinaldo was surprised by the news, saying he didn’t expect the Flyers to start working on an extension this early, but hey, no complaints there. [Puck Daddy]

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