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Lack of intensity lands Downie in press box

Jan 12, 2014, 4:08 PM EDT

VANCOUVER, CANADA - DECEMBER 30: Steve Downie #9 of the Philadelphia Flyers skates against the Vancouver Canucks on December 30, 2013 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Getty Images

The Philadelphia Flyers won’t use forward Steve Downie against the New York Rangers tonight. Flyers coach Craig Berube wasn’t happy with the 26-year-old forward’s performance in Saturday’s 6-3 defeat against the Tampa Bay Lightning, so he’ll be a healthy scratch.

“His intensity level isn’t high enough on a shift-to-shift basis,” Berube told CSN Philly.

Berube added that he wants to see Downie play with an edge without being undisciplined. He had two minor penalties on Saturday.

The Flyers forward doesn’t think he’s dealt with intensity problems in the past, but he’s confident that this is a problem he can fix.

Downie returned on Dec. 28 after missing two games with an upper-body injury and there’s been questions as to whether he ever fully recovered. When pressed about it he admitted that he’s been dealing with “a couple issues,” but didn’t specify further.

“I’m not going to make excuses,” he said. “I haven’t played my best hockey, that’s obvious.”

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  1. President Charles Logan - Jan 12, 2014 at 4:51 PM

    he’s not been too feisty since he got pummeled in the washington game

    • phillyphanatic77 - Jan 12, 2014 at 9:47 PM

      Yeah but he’s still had some production since then and that’s what matters.

      • President Charles Logan - Jan 12, 2014 at 10:04 PM

        obviously not 77 seeing how he’s been benched …… quit drinking the kool aid on every post

  2. blackandorangeforlife - Jan 12, 2014 at 5:14 PM

    So far that is Read, L Schenn now Downie…I said it the day they hired Chief that he wont tolerate anything…..Who gets the next Scratch?

    • flyerspsu - Jan 12, 2014 at 6:31 PM

      Read hasn’t been healthy scratched.

      • blackandorangeforlife - Jan 12, 2014 at 7:09 PM

        Just checked and you are correct….I must be thinking Raffl

  3. puckmepuckyou - Jan 12, 2014 at 5:20 PM

    Any word on that Hartnell hit? Supplemental discipline ? It was high but not a head hunt IMO. Hartnell has also been off Shanny’s radar lately. Two minutes may have been it.

  4. puckmepuckyou - Jan 12, 2014 at 6:55 PM

    Read is injured and missed.

  5. crazemastercraze - Jan 12, 2014 at 7:53 PM

    Hilarious. They didn’t know what a undisciplined penalty machine he was when they traded for him? Great management there in philly

  6. muckleflugga - Jan 12, 2014 at 7:58 PM

    berube’s as much concerned with downie’s lack of intensity as he is with downie’s inability to spell intensutti…

    downie, reeling after the snub versus rangers, is in full pout

    berube is by default, in company with brian burke

    bad company…?

    if you want it, come and get it…

  7. hazlydose - Jan 12, 2014 at 8:12 PM

    Wow guys not a single Bobby Ryan/Burke joke? I’m disappointed.

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