Flyers Acquire Steve Downie From Avs

Image via Amy Irvin

Image via Amy Irvin

It’s not quite Scottie-Upshall-and-a-second-round-pick-for-Daniel-Carcillo strange, but the Flyers just traded center Max Talbot to the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for former Flyer winger Steve Downie.

Originally drafted in 2005 by the Flyers (1st round – 29th overall), Downie had 12 points (6 goals, 6 assists) in parts of two seasons with the Flyers, also racking up 84 penalty minutes. This season, Downie has one goal and six assists in 11 games, which believe it or not, has him tied with Vinny Lecavalier for the team scoring lead.

With the reputation as a hard-nosed, tough enforcer with the tendency to cross the line, he along with Steve Eminger were traded to Tampa Bay in 2008 for defenseman Matt Carle. Downie was able to find his offensive side in Tampa, as he enjoyed his best season there in 2009-10, where he scored 22 goals and added 24 assists in 79 games.

The Orange Update also brings up an interesting point of perspective on the trade. Downie has spent parts of the past two seasons playing on the top line, first with Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis in Tampa, and this season with Matt Duchene and Ryan O’Reilly of the Avs. It’s not farfetched to assume that his success playing with top-line players will carry on to his second stint with the Flyers, if he is fortunate enough to play with Lecavalier and Claude Giroux.

Talbot, signed from Pittsburgh in the summer of 2011 to a five-year contract with the Flyers, had a great first year in the orange and black, where he put up 19 goals and added 15 assists. However, his offensive production fell the next year to only ten points in 35 games, and 2 points this season in 11 games. Talbot spent some time this season on the first line with Lecavalier and Giroux, in what now seems like a showcase for a trade, after spending most of his time on the fourth line with the likes of Zac Rinaldo, Adam Hall and Jay Rosehill.

Talbot still had two years left on the deal he signed with the Flyers, which came with a $1.75 million cap hit, and Downie is in the final year of a 2-year, $5.3 million deal.

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  • Andrew Christman

    Enforcer? Then Simmonds or Hartnell are enforcers. This guy is a legit top six winger, 40 pts a season player.

    • Erik Bond

      He’s not your run-of-the-mill Jody Shelley-like enforcer, but with the amount of times he’s dropped the gloves, and willingness to do so, I’d put him in the enforcer group.

    • erikbond8

      I say “enforcer” because of his willingness of dropping the gloves, throwing the body around, and ability to cross the line (as we’ve all seen before). Sure he’s not your run-of-the-mill Jody Shelley-like enforcer, but I would put Downie in the enforcer category. Just with a scoring potential.

  • Sean Houlihan

    1) I like this trade very much – you trade a guy (Talbot) primarily a 3rd line center/winger on a team with too many centers, grinders, and players that can kill penalties, for a player that is having top 6 minutes in COL (who have been fairly good in this young season btw) and is instantly a point scoring leader on your team. 2) The Flyers are 15th in GAA, 28th in GF/G – Talbot has 2 points, Downie 7 – do the math, 3) I would like this as a means to an end with Jay Rosehill, 4) I hope this splits Vinny and G up again. I don’t care about their “chemistry” – Vinny has chemistry with everyone – there is too much Offensive talent limited to 1 line., and 5) his contract is up at the end of the seaon…in an off season where the Flyers have no buy-outs (compliance) and the cap is projected to go up…this is foresight…this trade must not have been orchestrated by Homer.

    • Sean Houlihan

      Also – this article still makes me wish that we never let Matt Carle test the waters of FA.

      • erikbond8