Avalanche trade Steve Downie to Flyers for Maxime Talbot

The Colorado Avalanche sent Steve Downie (left) to the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for Maxime...

The Colorado Avalanche sent Steve Downie (left) to the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for Maxime Talbot. (USA Today/Reuters)

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, Last Updated: 3:36 PM ET

Rugged Steve Downie is going home.

The Colorado Avalanche traded the 26-year-old forward to the Philadelphia Flyers Thursday, with forward Maxime Talbot going the other way in the deal.

Downie was a first-round pick of the Flyers in 2005 and played parts of two seasons in Philly before being traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning during the 2008-09 season. The Avalanche acquired Downie from the Lightning in 2012.

“He is good with the puck, he’s strong with the puck and he can make a lot of plays,” Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said. “I think he’ll add a lot to our team.”

Downie, who is set to become an unrestricted free agent in the summer, has one goal and five assists in 11 games this season. He played on the Avs’ top offensive line with Matt Duchene and Ryan O’Reilly.

Talbot, 29, has one goal and one assist in 11 games but is more noted as a strong penalty killer. He’s in the third year of a five-year, $8.75 million contract.

“Maxime is a veteran forward who has won a Stanley Cup and has a lot of NHL experience,” Avalanche VP Joe Sakic said. “We look forward to him bringing that experience to our club.”


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