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Steve Downie cleared to play for Philadelphia Flyers

The Philadelphia Flyers could finally make it through an entire game with Steve Downie in the near future. After getting walloped in a fight on November 1, Downie hasn’t played since. It appears that he’s been cleared to play in games now, but he’s still a game-time decision for tomorrow’s contest against the Ottawa Senators.

Not much has gone right for the 5-10-1 Flyers so far in 2013-14. Peter Laviolette was fired three games into the season and it took Claude Giroux 16 games to find the back of the net for the first time this year. Scott Hartnell has been in and out of the lineup with injuries, and Vincent Lecavalier has been out of action on two separate occasions already.

Arguably the only thing that has gone Philadelphia’s way is the Steve Downie-for-Max Talbot swap.

While rumors have been swirling about why the Colorado Avalanche decided to move Downie, the important part for the Flyers is that they moved a mostly unimportant depth player for a guy that brings a very unique skill set to the table.

Downie is reminiscent of a rare hybrid of tough guy that can also hang and play on a top line. He’s not a power forward, but he’s not a peripheral guy either. How about a Darren McCarty comparison?

Regardless, the Flyers will likely have the abrasive forward back in the relatively near future as they continue to try to claw their way back into the playoff picture.

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