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Flyers Acquire Steve Downie in Trade with Avalanche

Confirmed reports claim that the Philadelphia Flyers have traded Max Talbot to the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for their own first round draft pick in 2005, Steve Downie.

Downie was originally shipped out of town with Steve Eminger in exchange for Lightning defenseman Matt Carle. Carle finds himself back where he was before this deal in 09, in Tampa Bay, in some sort of strange, full-circle kind of sense.

Downie, known for his infamous preseason hit on Dean McAmmond, among other things, has proven to be an effective agitator over the past several years. Most recently, Downie suffered an ACL tear during the lockout shortened season, only allowing him to play two games.

Talbot, after a 19 goal season two years ago, has been relegated to depth forward in recent years. He continually dealt with a center logjam in Philadelphia, as Brayden Schenn and Sean Couturier have snatched second and third line center roles, respectively.

This season, Downie has accumulated one goal and six assists. He also played about 16 to 20 minutes a game as a member of the high-flying Avalanche this season.

His highest scoring total came while playing with Steven Stamkos in Tampa Bay in 09-10, scoring 22 goals and 46 points.

Downie has this year remaining on his contract at $2.65 million before becoming an unrestricted free agent this summer. Talbot will be under contract for the next three years at $1.75 million per season in Colorado.

Where Downie plays is anyone's guess. His seven points tie him with Vincent Lecavalier for top point producer on the Flyers.

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Jordan Kuhns
Featured Writer
Twitter: @MSBN_Kuhns; @TCLFlyers
Email: jordan@thecheckingline.com