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10-31-2013, 12:26 PM
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Steve Downie traded to Flyers for Max Talbot
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The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has acquired forward Maxime Talbot from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for forward Steve Downie.
Talbot, 29, has appeared in all 11 games for the Flyers this year, tallying a goal and one assist. A native of Lemoyne, Quebec, Talbot has recorded 77 goals and 77 assists for 154 points in 515 career games between Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. He has also skated in 77 career playoff games, totaling 39 points (18g/21a).
“Maxime is a veteran forward who has won a Stanley Cup and has a lot of NHL experience,” said Avalanche Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Joe Sakic. “We’re looking forward to him bringing that experience to our club.”
Talbot helped the Penguins win the 2009 Stanley Cup after tallying 13 points (8g/5a) in 24 postseason games that spring. He scored both goals in Pittsburgh’s 2-1 series-clinching victory over the Red Wings in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final at Detroit. Selected by Pittsburgh in the eighth round (234th overall) of the 2002 Entry Draft, Talbot spent his first six seasons with the Penguins before signing with Philadelphia as a free agent on July 1, 2011.
VOORHEES, N.J. – In need of a shakeup, the Flyers traded one gritty forward for another – who is all too familiar with the Flyers organization.
The Flyers traded Max Talbot to the Colorado Avalanche Thursday in exchange for Steve Downie. Downie was originally a Flyers draft pick, selected in the first round of the 2005 NHL entry draft.
Downie, 26, was originally traded to Tampa Bay by the Flyers as part of the deal for Matt Carle. He had one goal and six assists for seven points in 11 games so far this season for the Avalanche, a decent start after missing almost the entire season in 2012-13 with an injury.
It’s an interesting swap because Downie provides a bit more offense and a bit more of an edge while sacrificing some defensive zone responsibility as well as strong penalty killing.
It’s also an interesting move financially as the Flyers are taking on more immediate salary – Downie has a $2.65 million cap hit while Talbot has a $1.75 million deal – but Downie is in the final year of his deal while Talbot is locked up for two more years after this season.
Talbot, 29, had one goal and one assist for two points in 11 games for the Flyers and was definitely a likeable player in the locker room.
My initial reaction here is that this is a decent move for the Flyers as Downie brings a little more to the table than Talbot – and it’s a move that is low risk, high reward.
"I like the hunger and energy he brings," GM Paul Holmgren said. "I think he'll help us."
The Flyers have scored two goals or fewer in 10 of their 11 games. The lack or production is why Holmgren made the move. Holmgren said Talbot's defensive play will be missed, "but we felt at the other end, we needed something to stir the pot."
Downie may be used on the top line to give Claude Giroux more room.
Holmgren called Downie someone "who goes to the front of the net with a purpose and he can really hold onto the puck and make plays. Steve's a good player, a better player than maybe people give him credit for."
"This is my seventh year in the league. I've grown with the game. I know when to pick my spots now," said Downie, who played for Flyers coach Craig Berube when he coached the Phantoms.
This year, Downie usually played on Colorado's top line, with Matt Duchene and Ryan O'Reilly.
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“We felt we needed someone to stir the pot,’’ general manager Paul Holmgren said. “I think Steve is going to help us in that regard.’’
Downie has a $2.6-million salary cap hit and is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season.
In his NHL career, Downie has played in 285 games, with 56 goals, 89 assists for 145 points and 696 penalty minutes.
He missed all but two of last year’s 48-game season due to a torn ACL in his right knee.
Talbot, 29, signed as a free agent three years ago ($9 million for 5 years, $1.75-million salary cap hit), and scored 19 goals his first season.
In 127 games for the Flyers, Talbot had 25 goals and a total of 46 points. For his career, Talbot has 515 games, with 77 goals, 77 assists and 154 points.
Rick Tocchet, who coached Downie in Tampa, agreed with Holmgren’s assessment. In addition to providing badly needed energy, Downie, according to Tocchet, can be effective on Claude Giroux’s line and help the captain get out of his scoring slump.
“Stir the pot? Yeah,’’
in a conference call
. “I like to call it changing the momentum.
Perfect example is when they’re playing Anaheim (Tuesday, a 3-2 loss in which the Flyers fell apart in the third period).
“They play a great first, second period was OK and they started losing themselves in the third period. Who’s that guy that can go out there and change the momentum? Get in front of the goalie, win battles in the corner, even have collisions with guys?
“You need that kind of player to wake your bench up. And you can play him on your top six. He’s a natural right shot (who might play the off-wing) that can help Giroux. Claude should start to score goals.’’
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