Sep 17, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Flyers center Maxime Talbot (25) celebrates his goal against the New York Rangers in the second period at the Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
KUSA - Before leaving for Dallas and amid all the Semyon Varlamov talk, the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday traded first-line right winger Steve Downie to Philadelphia for veteran center Maxime Talbot.
Downie had seven points this season (six assists) while Talbot had one goal and one assist. In his ninth seasons (six with Pittsburgh and three with the Flyers), the 29-year-old Talbot has 77 goals and 77 assists in 515 games and is a minus-19.
"The reasons for the trade are Talbot has won a Stanley Cup with Pittsburgh, he's a great penalty-killer. We think that he's going to bring a lot of depth to our team," Avalanche coach Patrick Roy said after practice. "He's a guy that has performed really well in the playoffs, and we think he will be a great addition to this team. Obviously in return we had to give Steve Downing, Philly wanted Steve Downing back and we thought it was the price to pay to get Talbot."
After a four-day break, Colorado plays Friday night at Dallas then Saturday at home against Montreal. Roy said Talbot is schedule to meet the team in Dallas on Thursday night and play Friday against the Stars.
Downie, who was on the ice at Thursday's practice, was drafted by the Flyers in 2005 and spent less than two seasons there. He played for Tampa before joining Colorado late in the 2011-12 season. He has 56 goals and 89 assists in 285 career games.
Varlamov, the Avs goalie, was in court Thursday morning facing domestic violence related charges.
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