It took the Philadelphia Flyers just 11 games in the 2013-14 campaign to make a trade. According to the club, the team has traded center/winger Max Talbot for right winger Steve Downie.
Downie, the Flyers first round pick in 2005, returns to Philadelphia after being traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2008 as a part of the Matt Carle deal. He put up career highs in goals, assists, PIM, and points during the following season in Tampa Bay, netting 22 goals as well as 24 assists.
Through 11 contests this season, Downie has 1 goal and 6 assists. The always energetic 26-year-old has also racked up 36 PIM, good for 8th highest in the NHL. Talbot has just one goal and one assist for the Flyers this year.
Philadelphia will take on an extra $900,000 in salary through this trade, but it frees them of Talbot’s long term contract which runs until the end of the 2015-16 season. Downie, who is making $2.65 million this year, will be an unrestricted free agent this summer.