Found November 05, 2013 on Pro Sports Daily:
There might be more to last week’s Steve Downie-for-Max Talbot trade than meets the eye. In an interview with Sportsnet’s FAN 960 Calgary, CBC’s Elliotte Friedman reports that Colorado might’ve dumped Downie because of a preseason incident with team captain Gabriel Landeskog. “Obviously, people thought it was a weird trade,” Friedman explained. “You rarely see a first-rounder get traded for a guy who — while a useful player — is now pretty much a fourth-liner. “During training camp, Downie got angry at Landeskog for a trip during a scrimmage, and he drilled [Landeskog]. I was just told that 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. “Basically the Avalanche decided that when that happened, and Downie was unapologetic about it, the time was going to come when he was going to get dealt.” Downie, the 29th overall pick in 2005, had seven points in 11 games for the Avs at the time

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