It looks as if right wing Steve Downie is heading back to the team where he earned his reputation. Today, the Colorado Avalanche announced that they have traded Downie to the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for center Maxime Talbot.
Downie was drafted in the first round, twenty-ninth overall by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Downie was traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning on November 7, 2008 along with Steve Eminger in exchange for defenseman Matt Carle. Downie would spend 4 seasons with the Lightning before being traded to the Colorado Avalanche, where he has spent the last 2 plus seasons.
In the eleven games he has played with the Avalanche so far this season, Downie has scored 1 goal and 6 assists for a total of 7 points with a plus-4 rating. This ties him for 4th place on the team in points.
On the other side of the ice, Talbot has played in 11 games so far this season with the Flyers. He has scored 1 goal and 1 assist for 2 points this season with a plus-1 rating.
He was also a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins team that raised the Stanley Cup in 2009.
Talbot was originally drafted in the 8th Round, 234 overall, by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. He spent 6 seasons with the Penguins before being traded to the Flyers in the 2011-12 season.
This has to be a culture shock for these two players. Downie is leaving the number 2 team in the National Hockey League right now to the 29th team in the NHL; vice versa for Talbot.
Talbot is expected to take the ice for the first time with Avalanche on Friday when they take on the Dallas Stars. Downie could potentially suit up tomorrow night when the Flyers take on the Washington Capitals at the Wells Fargo Center in Philly.
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