CBC's Elliotte Friedman told Calgary's FAN 960 that Steve Downie and team captain Gabriel Landeskog got into it during training camp. "During training camp, Downie got angry at Landeskog for a trip during a scrimmage, and he drilled him [Landeskog]," Friedman explained. "I was just told that from that day, considering Downie was a bit unrepentant about it, I just heard the Avalanche decided they were going to make the change at that time."
The Flyers acquired Downie last Thursday from Colorado in exchange for Max Talbot. Friedman stated “People thought it was a weird trade. You rarely see a first-rounder get traded for a guy who, while a useful player, is now pretty much a fourth-liner."
Downie, 26, was a first-round pick of the Flyers in the 2005 NHL Draft. He played 32 games for the Flyers as a 20-year-old in 2007-08 scoring six goals and adding with 73 penalty minutes. He was traded early in the 2008-09 season to the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for Matt Carle. His best year came playing alongside Vinny Lecavalier in Tampa in 2009-10 when 22 goals and added 24 assists.
In 11 games this year with Colorado, he has one goal and six assists with 36 penalty minutes, eighth most in the NHL. Downie will become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season and carries a $2.65 million cap hit.
On a pure talent level, the Flyers won this trade but it depends what they can get out of Downie. However, this does give the Flyers a reason to keep Jay Rosehill out of the lineup. Downie is out indefinitely after suffering a concussion during a fight in his first game back with the Flyers on Friday. He played 15 shifts getting 10:24 of ice time registering a team-high four hits and two shots on goal. Downie also led all Flyers skaters with 17 penalty minutes.
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