Thu, Oct 31, 2013 at 1:35pm


The Philadelphia Flyers acquired winger Steve Downie from the Colorado Avalanche for forward Maxime Talbot.

What does it give the Philadelphia Flyers
In Downie, the Flyers acquire a feisty complementary winger they're very familiar with (he was originally drafted by Philadelphia in 2005). Downie was flourishing this season on a potent line alongside {P Matt Duchene} and {P Ryan O'Reilly} with the Avalanche, so expect the Flyers to use him as a top-six winger as well. An unrestricted free agent at the end of this season, Downie has bounced around a lot but is a very difficult player to line up against.

What does it give the Colorado Avalanche
Veteran Talbot brings a lot of winning experience to the Avalanche. He'll likely take on a strong leadership role, and he can play any forward position (and on any line). Signed for two more seasons, he makes a bit less than Downie so the Avs save a little money with this transaction. Talbot could wind up centering the fourth line, which would enable {P John Mitchell} to move back up into a top-nine forward role. He lost his job to rookie {P Nathan MacKinnon}.

Fantasy impact
Downie may see a bit of a dip in fantasy production, especially since his line was dominating many shifts since the start of 2013-14. Also, the Flyers are having more trouble scoring goals this season, as opposed to the high-flying Avalanche. As for Talbot, his role with the Avs should remain largely the same as it was in Philly, though he may have a bit more fantasy value now that he's on a more talented team.

Player focus

Philadelphia Flyers

Steve Downie RW

Colorado Avalanche

Maxime Talbot C/W