Thursday, October 31, 2013

Avs Trade for Ex-Cup Winner Talbot

The Colorado Avalanche have traded winger Steve Downie to the Philadelphia Flyers for veteran center Maxime Talbot.

Downie, a 26-year-old Ontario native, was originally drafted by the Flyers. He was traded to Tampa Bay in 2009. He is a two-time 20-goal scorer.

Talbot, 29, has 77 career goals and was a pivotal leader on the Penguins Stanley Cup-winning team of 2009.

"Talbot has won a Stanley Cup with Pittsburgh," Avalanche head coach Patrick Roy told the Denver Post. "He's a great penalty killer. We feel that he's going to (bring) 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."

Roy added: "I thought that we were a little short in (penalty killing) players, and Talbot is very good in that regard. He's a really good P.K. guy and it's going to help a lot."