The Colorado Avalanche must be looking toward postseason play.
Why else would the team move Steve Downie, a rugged winger who filled a scoring line role, for penalty killer Maxime Talbot?
“Talbot has won a Stanley Cup with Pittsburgh,” Avalanche coach Patrick Roy told the Denver Post. “He's a great penalty killer. We feel that he's going to (add) a lot of depth to our team. He's a guy that has performed so really well in the playoffs and we think he'll be a great addition.”
Talbot is a solid checking line center who may have to play on the wing in Colorado. He scored 77 goals and added 77 assists in 515 career games with Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, where he toiled on the fourth line.
Downie, a former 20-goal scorer, had a goal and six assists while mostly playing on the Matt Duchene line. More recently he played on Nathan MacKinnon’s line.
The Flyers, Roy said, "wanted Steve Downie back and we felt is was the price to pay to get Talbot."