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Flyers GM says Downie is out indefinitely

Apr 23, 2014, 9:20 AM EDT

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The Philadelphia Flyers have been going without Steve Downie since April 10 and will have to soldier on without him for an unknown amount of time.

Flyers GM Paul Holmgren gave a brief update on Downie’s condition and, as Tim Panaccio of shares, he’s out indefinitely. The question here is whether Downie was sat down because he played poorly or because he was hurt. Coach Craig Berube didn’t do much to clear that up.

Well, a little bit of both,” Berube said. “He made those mistakes and I was not obviously happy. There’s other things.”

Those “other things” could be a concussion. Downie was battling an injury he suffered against the St. Louis Blues on March 22. After returning on April 8, he played two games before being sat down again.

After seeing Daniel Carcillo score against the Flyers last night, the pangs to have a guy like Downie return to the lineup to be an effective irritant might be feeling stronger.

  1. joey4id - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:31 AM

    Talbot for Downie turned out pretty good for the Avs who needed the presence of a vet in the locker room and on the ice. No doubt this trade was made because of the altercation Downie had with Landeskog.

    joey4id – Oct 31, 2013 at 2:12 PM
    Surprised that Avs let go a younger player for an older one. I suppose they did this trade to add more playoff experience to their roster.

    • hockey412 - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:46 AM

      It made sense from a financial perspective and roster perspective for both clubs. Talbot has a few years left at 1.7M which might be ok for Colorado…Downie’s an UFA after this year and the Flyers can let him walk and re-sign their other guys.

      Talbot’s salary is a bit high, but I miss the guy.

  2. har21441 - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:07 AM

    Well, at least it doesn’t matter. Flyers have no problem replacing this goon with an equal goon.

  3. stcrowe - Apr 23, 2014 at 11:13 AM

    I would not call him a goon. He is a cheap-shot artist, but not a goon. The sad thing is that he is a very talented hockey player and could excel if he would stick to clean hockey. He can’t and that is his downfall. He has a history of targeting other players and has become a target himself. The injuries will continue and his career will end earlier than it otherwise could have.

  4. kastout11 - Apr 23, 2014 at 11:21 AM

    I agree that the guy has talent, if he could just play clean hockey with a bit of an edge. He will not be a Flyer next year.

  5. toiletclown - Apr 23, 2014 at 11:52 AM

    This guy is terrible. Flyers actually doing something right in their life.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Apr 23, 2014 at 12:23 PM

      For once I agree with you. Keeping Talbot would’ve been far better.

      • toiletclown - Apr 23, 2014 at 12:27 PM


      • flyerspsu - Apr 23, 2014 at 2:40 PM

        the trade was still good for the Flyers despite how bad Downie has been, the trade was made for cap and contract reasons, Downie is a UFA and will not be resigned while Talbot has 2 more years at 1.7 mil

      • phillyphanatic77 - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:12 PM

        I understand the cap ramifications but 1.7 isn’t a ton for what Talbot gives you… good leadership, solid defense, PKing, and the occasional offense (he’s scored big playoff goals). The team could use that right now and he would’ve been a solid option to play with Couturier and Read or down on the 4th line. They easily could’ve traded him in the offseason if they wanted to.

    • ibieiniid - Apr 23, 2014 at 12:45 PM

      top insight from toiletclown!

      “This guy is terrible.” You should have your own column.

      • toiletclown - Apr 23, 2014 at 12:47 PM

        Wahhhhh, is this Sid on PHT?

      • ibieiniid - Apr 23, 2014 at 12:48 PM

        i’m not whining. i’m clowning you, you fool. figure it out.

      • ibieiniid - Apr 23, 2014 at 12:49 PM

        way to thumbs up your own comments too. i see the notification bar go yellow, click over, and you’ve already thumbed up your own comment. you’re real cool.

      • toiletclown - Apr 23, 2014 at 12:59 PM

        You sure do invest a lot of time into what i have to say. My mission is accomplished

      • ibieiniid - Apr 23, 2014 at 1:01 PM

        so you spend hours on PHT to attract the 10-second response of Flyers fans. how is that a win?

  6. flyboystransport - Apr 23, 2014 at 3:47 PM

    Since when are goons first round picks?

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