Steve Downie is a Philadelphia Flyer once again. Today, the Flyers traded forward Maxime Talbot for the 26-year old Downie, who was drafted by the Flyers back in 2005, and made his NHL debut with the team during the 2007-08 season. In 11 games with the Colorado Avalanche this year, Downie logged a goal and six assists, while Talbot had just one goal and one assist in also 11 games.
Downie has had injury problems in the past. He was injured for part of the 2010-11 season, and just last year, he played just the first two games before going down with a season-ending knee injury. In the early going this year, he has put up decent numbers through 11 games, and brings a dominating physical presence to the Flyers’ already physical lineup. He racked up more than 130 penalty minutes in each of the three seasons between 2009-10 and 2011-12.
While known for his physical play, Downie does have a bit of a scorer’s touch, something he developed with the Tampa Bay Lightning, which is where he played after being traded by the Flyers in the 2008-09 season. His 2009-10 campaign saw him accumulate 22 goals and 24 assists, for a total of 46 points in 79 games. That year, he gained some now-valuable experience playing on a line with Vinny Lecavalier, who he may be paired with again at some point this season.
Downie will wear number 9 for the Flyers, and will likely make his debut Friday night in Philadelphia as the Flyers host the Washington Capitals.
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