Avalanche traded Downie to Flyers after he hit Landeskog: Report

An altercation at Colorado Avalanche training camp between Steve Downie (left) and Gabriel...

An altercation at Colorado Avalanche training camp between Steve Downie (left) and Gabriel Landeskog may have led to the former being traded. (DOUG PENSINGER/Getty Images/AFP)

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A training camp beef with Gabriel Landeskog may be what prompted the Colorado Avalanche to ship Steve Downie out of town.

The club began working on a trade after Downie took a run at Landeskog, the team’s captain, during practice, according to Hockey Night in Canada’s Elliotte Friedman.

“Basically, what it goes back to was during training camp Downie got mad at Landeskog for a trip during a scrimmage and he drilled him,” Friedman told Sportsnet 960 in Calgary. “I was just told 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. You can't have guys doing that.

“The timing is still very odd, it’s an interesting time for the deal, but I was told basically the Avalanche had decided that when that happened and Downie was basically unapologetic about it, the time was going to come where he was going to get dealt."

Downie was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers for Maxime Talbot on Oct. 31. The deal raised some eyebrows considering the Avs had won 10 of their first 11 games at that point.

Avalanche head coach Patrick Roy, meanwhile, told the Denver Post that Downie didn’t do anything to get himself traded. It was Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren’s insistence – Roy said he called “five or six times” about Downie – that got the deal done.


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