Thursday, October 31, 2013

Steve Downie Back On Flyers After Trade With Avalanche

Steve Downie has been with the Philadelphia Flyers before this recent trade with the Colorado Avalanche.  In fact, he was drafted by the Flyers in the first round of the 2005 NHL entry draft.  So, they know the player they are getting in return for trading Maxime Talbot.   They know he is a hard-nosed forward who can cause havoc for other teams.

The 26 year-old veteran comes at a bit higher price tag than Talbot, but the Flyers are willing to take on his salary to gain his competitive nature as an asset for their team in the near-term.  They will likely need to make some moves to get in compliance with the salary cap and retain Downie at the same time.

Although Downie's cap hit is $2.65 million for this season, the investment is not necessarily long-term for the Flyers, because he will become an unrestricted free agent after 2013-14 unless traded or re-signed prior to that time.

Scoring Stats Goals Ice Time
Season Age Tm GP G A PTS GC +/- PIM EV PP SH GW S S% TOI ATOI
2007-08 20 PHI 32 6 6 12 5 2 73 5 0 1 1 25 24.0 315 9:51
2008-09 21 TOT 29 3 3 6 2 -2 65 3 0 0 1 26 11.5 244 8:26
2008-09 21 PHI 6 0 0 0 0 -4 11 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 36 5:57
2008-09 21 TBL 23 3 3 6 2 2 54 3 0 0 1 25 12.0 209 9:04
2009-10 22 TBL 79 22 24 46 18 14 208 15 7 0 1 116 19.0 1162 14:43
2010-11 23 TBL 57 10 22 32 11 8 171 8 2 0 1 83 12.0 828 14:31
2011-12 24 TOT 75 14 27 41 15 -6 137 12 2 0 2 140 10.0 1195 15:56
2011-12 24 TBL 55 12 16 28 11 -15 121 10 2 0 1 99 12.1 853 15:30
2011-12 24 COL 20 2 11 13 4 9 16 2 0 0 1 41 4.9 342 17:06
2012-13 25 COL 2 0 1 1 0 1 6 0 0 0 0 2 0.0 18 8:54
2013-14 26 COL 11 1 6 7 2 4 36 0 1 0 1 26 3.8 184 16:43
Career 285 56 89 145 54 21 696 43 12 1 7 418 13.4 3946 13:51
Provided by Hockey-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 10/31/2013.

The Newmarket, Ontario native, in addition to his strong physical presence, has proven that he can put the puck in the net, garnering a career-high 22 goals while with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2009-10.

The Flyers will take on the Washington Capitals on Friday, November 1, when Downie will get a chance to show his mettle in front of the hometown crowd.   According to a recent article by Tim Panaccio on csnphilly.com, Downie may play on the same line with Claude Giroux, clearing space for him to put more pucks in the net:
"I'm definitely thinking about that," head coach Craig Berube said of playing Downie on Giroux's line, "but there are some other things we can use [Downie] for as well." 
More to come on the Talbot / Avalanche perspective of this trade.............

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