NHL Morning Links - Nov. 1
November, 1, 2013
By Victoria Matiash | ESPN Insider
Forward Steve Downie is a member of the Philadelphia Flyers once more. Traded from the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for forward Maxime Talbot, Downie wasn’t all that surprised at being moved, in light of his expiring contract. Expected to draw into the Flyers’ lineup Friday versus the Washington Capitals, Downie may skate on the top line with Vincent Lecavalier and Claude Giroux, replacing Michael Raffl. There’s also a chance the 26-year-old winger, who’s adept at playing on both sides, could slide in on a line with center Sean Couturier.
Talbot was apparently more shocked than Downie at hearing news of the deal. Avalanche coach Patrick Roy reveals Philadelphia "wanted Steve Downie back, and we felt it was the price to pay to get Talbot”. The 29-year-old forward is roundly admired as a top-notch penalty-killer and proven playoff performer. Talbot is pegged to slide in on the wing– on the Avs’ third line, maybe – to start.
As for Thursday’s Insider content, Craig Custance assembles an “All-Underrated” NHL starting six; the cream of the under-appreciated crop, if you will. And Corey Pronman ranks top prospects in the AHL.