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Brotherly Shove: Downie signs with Pittsburgh

Jul 2, 2014, 12:54 PM EDT

Steve Downie AP

Oh, this should be good.

Steve Downie, the noted agitator who’s spent three of his seven NHL seasons in Philadelphia, has agreed to join the Flyers’ bitter rival Pittsburgh on a one-year, $1 million deal, per TSN.

Downie, 27, struggled through last season and missed a number of games due to a concussion suffered in a fight with Washington’s Aaron Volpatti. Acquired by Philadelphia from Colorado early in the year, Downie had just three goals and 17 points in 51 games for the Flyers — this after a stellar six-points-in-11-games start with the Avs — and was shut down on Apr. 10, failing to appear in any of Philly’s opening-round playoff games against the Rangers.

When healthy, Downie can be an effective player, something he showed in Tampa Bay during the 2009-10 campaign when he had 22 goals and 46 points in 79 games…along with 208 penalty minutes, third-most in the NHL. That last statistic is telling, though, as a penchant for taking undisciplined penalties dogged Downie in his second go-round with the Flyers.

In Pittsburgh, Downie is likely play in the bottom-six forward group, one that new GM Jim Rutherford has made several additions to since taking the helm from Ray Shero. Nick Spaling was acquired in the James Neal trade, and yesterday the club ainked former Blue Jacket Blake Comeau to a one-year deal as free agency opened.

Rutherford also resigned depth center Marcel Goc, acquired from Florida at last year’s trade deadline.

  1. JoeAvg - Jul 2, 2014 at 12:57 PM

    As soon as Tocchet came you knew Downie would follow. Never been a fan myself, but we’ll see.

    • elmerbrownelmerbrown - Jul 2, 2014 at 1:08 PM

      Downie really really really stinks !

      • laxman1944 - Jul 2, 2014 at 1:29 PM

        He’ll be a good teamate and NOT be afraid to defend his captain……..unlike some others.

        Freaking cowards.

      • elmerbrownelmerbrown - Jul 2, 2014 at 2:09 PM

        Like I said,, he really really really stinks !

      • WillIEverSeeACupInMyLife? - Jul 2, 2014 at 2:23 PM

        “He’ll be a good teamate and NOT be afraid to defend his captain……..unlike some others.

        Freaking cowards.”

        Says the bad ass typing behind a keyboard

      • elmerbrownelmerbrown - Jul 2, 2014 at 2:37 PM

        Defend his Captain cant say that takes him out of the really really stinks category ,,,so when he is done protecting his captain all you got left is,, he really really really stinks !

      • sdave2944 - Jul 3, 2014 at 10:29 AM

        He will defend Crosby thats a good one. The only thing he can do now is knock himself out of games. He skates into the back of another player and misses three weeks. The guy didnt even see him coming, he just ran into his back and he had to be helped off the ice.. Good luck

    • upper90cheese - Jul 2, 2014 at 2:30 PM

      he will do great in Pittsburgh. The league loves the Pens and the refs will give him the benefit of the doubt there. he just couldn’t survive the well documented Philly bias.

  2. narfmoo12 - Jul 2, 2014 at 12:58 PM

    I can’t wait for Pittsburgh fans to tell us all how amazing this signing is after ripping on Downie all year in Philly.

    • hockey412 - Jul 2, 2014 at 1:03 PM

      It’s like they just wait to see who we’re going to rip on. We rip on Harry Z, they go and sign him. We rip on Downie, bam. Crow tastes bad.

      I’m going to try and use this to our favor. Simmonds is a joke. Pure worthless scum.

      Let’s see if that works.

      • narfmoo12 - Jul 2, 2014 at 1:05 PM

        Nah, we’ll hold onto Simmonds.

      • ibieiniid - Jul 2, 2014 at 1:09 PM

        wait, why are you trying to ship out Simmonds? did your observation not make sense to you either?

      • ibieiniid - Jul 2, 2014 at 1:12 PM

        ohhhhh you’re a Pens fan. i forgot.

      • hockey412 - Jul 2, 2014 at 1:15 PM


      • JoeAvg - Jul 2, 2014 at 1:18 PM

        Nice try. But truth of the matter is they probably pay no attention to us whatsoever. Think about it. If you were Claude Giroux, would you be reading hockey blogs this morning? He’d have to be a masochist.

      • c9castine - Jul 2, 2014 at 1:19 PM

        lol seriosuly…

        come on you know its only a matter of time before Simmonds wants to play on a real hockey team with real centers…

        ibie is having a tough day. he just found out his captain is a member of the village people.

      • ibieiniid - Jul 2, 2014 at 1:23 PM

        for the record, I find the Giroux episode hilarious. that sort of thing only happens to a Flyer.

        not taking your bait today, c9.

      • letsgopens8771 - Jul 2, 2014 at 1:31 PM

        Regardless of what happens I still think Simmonds is complete garbage. But yeah we needed physicality and this will be good for us.

      • laxman1944 - Jul 2, 2014 at 1:34 PM

        That’s pretty good

      • sdave2944 - Jul 3, 2014 at 10:34 AM

        All I can remember is the idiots in Pittsburgh calling Harry Z a goon. The guy stands five foot zero weighs 170 pounds and he’s a goon. Now they sign Downie as a enforcer and he misses multible games a year with head problems. Maybe you should have matched Orpiks deal if you want someone to stand up for Crosby, not a head casePUN intended.

      • hockey412 - Jul 3, 2014 at 11:35 AM

        Can you help a brother out and tell me where it says that they signed Downie as an enforcer? That’s as laughable as the rest of your post.

        I’ve also never heard Harry Z called a goon. An idiot, yes, undoubtedly. A dirty player, sometimes. A slimeball for video taping a girl without her knowing, definitely.

        They needed help at wing, they need a spark, and they tend to sign at least one aggitator, as most teams do. Downie has talent, and is on the cheap, so they are taking a risk here. You need some help in understanding, my friend.

    • President Charles Logan - Jul 2, 2014 at 2:35 PM

      narf… you’re just an idiot…… period.

      that is all

      • narfmoo12 - Jul 2, 2014 at 4:06 PM

        I make a reasoned statement based on previous occurrences or actual stats, while you just spout nonsense on every post.

      • President Charles Logan - Jul 2, 2014 at 4:17 PM

        3/4 of the time your statements are so far off base it’s not even worth you defending them … lol you just make me laugh

      • ibieiniid - Jul 2, 2014 at 4:46 PM

        well I provided proof below that exactly what narf predicted would happen… happened. c9 did PRECISELY what narf predicted he would do. go back to your crevice now troll.

      • President Charles Logan - Jul 2, 2014 at 4:53 PM

        so it is true about you and narf? lol… doesnt surprise me … get a room will ya?

      • ibieiniid - Jul 2, 2014 at 4:55 PM

        what kind of mental child tells 3-4 gay jokes in one post? you have some serious growing up to do. that, or dying off this planet.

      • President Charles Logan - Jul 2, 2014 at 5:40 PM

        folks like you ruin this planet ibie

      • narfmoo12 - Jul 2, 2014 at 5:04 PM

        Like I said, I back my statements up with stats …

        pj608 – Jul 2, 2014 at 3:02 PM
        go look at his stats. he will play 80 games and have over 40 points…. Thats pretty impressive given the type of game he plays.

        narfmoo12 – Jul 2, 2014 at 3:14 PM
        In 7 seasons, he’s topped 60 games just 3 times. And never hit 80. At least try to look up his stats before lying.

  3. jaybaileys - Jul 2, 2014 at 12:59 PM

    More bottom 6 depth I guess. They were pretty soft last year so this should bring that playing on the edge back i guess. Still need a winger for Malkin though. I wonder if the Giroux thing had anything to……sorry flyers fans i had to.

    • sizzle299 - Jul 2, 2014 at 3:36 PM

      Really grabbing– err… reaching on that one.

    • chanceoffleury - Jul 2, 2014 at 6:58 PM

      Raise your hand if you’ve ever been personally violated by Claude Giroux.

      • sdave2944 - Jul 3, 2014 at 10:38 AM

        He was trying to give himself a Dirty Sanchez

  4. pitpenguinsrulez - Jul 2, 2014 at 12:59 PM

    I like the signing sure I’m not a huge Downie fan because of his actions in the past. He played his best hockey with Tocchet so hopefully he can bring that back.

  5. theageofquarrel - Jul 2, 2014 at 1:08 PM

    He got out of Philly once he heard what Claude did,he didn’t want to be next

  6. ibieiniid - Jul 2, 2014 at 1:08 PM

    he wasn’t anything worth talking about on the Flyers, won’t be anything worth talking about on the Pens. the guy lost anything he had left in the tank after the concussion.

    • President Charles Logan - Jul 2, 2014 at 2:37 PM

      Ibieniid, shouldnt you be making your reservations for Giroux’s Rainbow Marching Parade?

      • ibieiniid - Jul 2, 2014 at 2:45 PM

        shouldn’t you be burning a cross, dragging a person behind your car, or centering your cross hairs on some federal agents?

      • President Charles Logan - Jul 2, 2014 at 2:46 PM

        mississippi burning!!! i saw that movie!!

      • sizzle299 - Jul 2, 2014 at 3:38 PM

        chalres blowgan

      • President Charles Logan - Jul 2, 2014 at 4:18 PM

        well actually that would be you and your rainbow buddy Ibie’s job title

  7. kastout11 - Jul 2, 2014 at 1:19 PM

    Probably the most undisciplined player in the NHL. He will take dumb penalties at inopportune times just like he did while in Philly. In the last 2 weeks, Philly got rid of 2 of their top 3 undisciplined players (Hartnell last week and now Downie). Rinaldo is the last one, but he will stay because he brings a lot of energy on every shift, and he has actually improved as a hockey player.

    • ibieiniid - Jul 2, 2014 at 1:26 PM

      honestly, I think Rinaldo regressed this last season. the short season looked like progress, but he started falling into the same habits and lack of productiveness that initially got him labeled with the label he’s wearing now. I do like his energy and the HUGE hits, and I damn well don’t want the Flyers to have to play against him (thinking of Carcillo), but I could deal with him being shipped out to the west somewhere.

      • ibieiniid - Jul 2, 2014 at 1:27 PM

        lack of productivity*

    • pj608 - Jul 2, 2014 at 7:43 PM

      Everyone in Philly is undisciplined and takes horrible penalties. Thats how they were built to begin with…. Even Giroux takes dumb penalties.

  8. sjsharks66 - Jul 2, 2014 at 1:19 PM

    This is stupid. Why let Glass go and bring in Downie? Glass brings more to the pens then Downie can. Im really confused on this penguins breakdown going on.

    • JoeAvg - Jul 2, 2014 at 1:27 PM

      You’re probably right, but IF Downie can recapture even some of his effectiveness of a few years ago, the pennies saved could be better spent elsewhere.

      But he’ll probably end up spending most of his time in the penalty box.

    • c9castine - Jul 2, 2014 at 1:30 PM


      first downie can actually score a goal once in a while and in fact has a couple 45 point seasons and a 20 goal seaosn under his belt. sounds like a great bottom 6 forward to me who can agitate and play physical.

      this team is better now than it was last year and there is guaranteed to be a lot of work to do. we dont need to have our whole roster set in july.

      there may have been more talent here last year but it if it isnt evident enough to you yet as a san jose sharks and pittsburgh penguins fan, talent doesnt really get it down. a good mix of a lot of things does and thats what Rutherford is trying to do here.

      we might not have as much top end talent as we did but we still have two of the best players in the world, and a lot more depth from 1-12

      • narfmoo12 - Jul 2, 2014 at 1:52 PM

        You do not have more depth. Nor is your team better.

        Players in: Ehrhoff, Downie, Comeau

        Players out: Niskanen, Orpik, Jokinen, Engelland, Glass

        Also… Downie has topped 30 points just twice in his career (2009-10 – 46 points, 10/11 – 32 points).

      • c9castine - Jul 3, 2014 at 12:29 AM

        engelland and glass were useless, pretty much, orpik according to almost everybody is old and cant hack it anymore and wanted way too much and niskanen is good but overrated and got way too much. jokinen it seems most people think that was a good contract, but the pens couldnt afford it.

        we now have guys on the bottom 2 lines that can actually score. not 5 goals or less like craig adams, tannger glass, joe vitale, derek engelland, and seemingly a million other guys to rotate through there during last season. you think the top two lines with the top two scorers in the world is going to suffer because all they have to work with is kunitz, dupuis, hornqvist, bennet, maybe downie? doubt it. this is depth.

        you didnt even mention hornqvist, spaling, and neal out.

      • jernster21 - Jul 2, 2014 at 1:58 PM

        He didn’t get 45 points playing in the bottom 6. He was playing with guys like Stamkos in Tampa and before he was traded last year, MacKinnon and McGinn with the Avs. He’s actually pretty effective when you put him in a role with offensive responsibilities because the other team knows when he’s on the ice and to keep their head up. He creates space for much more skilled guys with the puck and has a knack for the net without it resulting in goals while the other team is trying to get the puck away from the skilled guys. Unfortunately he does take a lot of bone headed penalties which hurts the team when the top 6 are sitting on the bench while the PK do their thing. I actually liked what I saw from him when he was on the Avs, unfortunately he blew out his knee in his only full season there so we only got to see him for a handful of games across 2 other seasons when he was traded in both.

      • ibieiniid - Jul 2, 2014 at 1:58 PM

        c9castine – Dec 5, 2013 at 3:13 PM
        “i didn’t say anything about downie other than he’s wearing a welding mask. he’s not too tough or intimidating trust me and he doesn’t scare much as a scorer, despite he’s cute point totals.”

      • c9castine - Jul 3, 2014 at 12:31 AM

        lol your like joey. how do you even find that crap? are you stalking me?

      • ibieiniid - Jul 3, 2014 at 8:02 AM

        google is a magical thing, c9. i just remembered you talking about him when we got him actually.

      • sdave2944 - Jul 3, 2014 at 10:42 AM

        How many games did he miss last year. He will be out of the league soon. He cant take hits or give them without getting hurt. He will never be the player he was, its a shame but he just cant play up to that level anymore.

    • har21441 - Jul 2, 2014 at 2:27 PM

      Hopefully the thinking is:

      Crosby is crosschecked in the head by Marc Staal – Glass didn’t defend him. Downie will.

      • flyboystransport - Jul 2, 2014 at 3:17 PM

        Downie will already be in the penalty box when that happens. …..

    • President Charles Logan - Jul 2, 2014 at 2:40 PM

      sjsharks66 you should be more concerned with reading your “How to keep a shark from choking” handbook then worrying about your bandwagon back up team in Pittsburgh

  9. WillIEverSeeACupInMyLife? - Jul 2, 2014 at 1:23 PM

    I’m a Flyers fan and I never liked this guy…hated drafting him, hated bringing him back, so glad he’s in Pittsburgh

    • c9castine - Jul 2, 2014 at 1:32 PM

      to answer your question, no. you will not.

      • sdave2944 - Jul 3, 2014 at 10:46 AM

        Already glad he’s gone. Look at the post last year about Downie and you will see 90% of the Flyer fans wanted him gone. Yes we are talking about blindly loyal fans who wanted him gone, so no he will not be missed

  10. sjsharks66 - Jul 2, 2014 at 1:42 PM

    c9castine no you are absolutely right. Good thing one of the biggest problems the pens have is goaltending and the solution was found. MAF and Griess combo. Sounds like a fool proof plan to me…

    Oh how about the fact that every team in the league plays harder against the pens? So Rutherford’s brilliant idea is to dispose of all the guys who can fight and lay big hits and kill penalties. Instead, he signs Downie. The guy who missed tons of games after getting beat in a fight. I guarantee Downie does not finish the year with the Pens.

    • President Charles Logan - Jul 2, 2014 at 2:42 PM

      choke sharkie choke

  11. 7mantel - Jul 2, 2014 at 1:56 PM

    Glass is let go to sign Downie ! smh !

  12. dropthepuckeh - Jul 2, 2014 at 2:06 PM

    The hypocrisy continues in Pittsburgh as they continue to employee these cheap shot artists while simultaneously crying about other teams beating up on them. Mario is a sham. I can’t wait to hear how Downie has cleaned up his game and doesn’t play that way anymore. Same as Cooke, same as Neal. They just can’t help themselves can they….

    • jpelle82 - Jul 2, 2014 at 4:12 PM

      who says downie even makes the team. get a life dude, just about every team has a guy like downie on it

      • dropthepuckeh - Jul 2, 2014 at 10:54 PM

        Just about every team has a player who has two 20 game suspensions? You are wrong. Name one other. Maybe your busy life prevents you from watching hockey and seeing what a scumbag this guy is. Looks like a hit a nerve in Pitt.

    • 6superbowls - Jul 2, 2014 at 4:56 PM

      When your Bruins dump that a-hole, cheap-shot artist, diver Marchand and trade nut-bumper Lucic, then come out from your glass house and talk like someone not hiding behind a screen name.

      • dropthepuckeh - Jul 2, 2014 at 10:42 PM

        Says the neanderthal behind his (mom’s) computer….

  13. pj608 - Jul 2, 2014 at 3:01 PM

    DAMNIT!!!! the one guy i wanted NJ to get. Hes not a bad player. He just gets a lot of penalties but Peter DoBoer is good at calming guys down and having them play smart. 1 mil for him is a steal. Hes a role player. 3rd liner possibly 2nd liner if you put him with the right people.

  14. pj608 - Jul 2, 2014 at 3:02 PM

    go look at his stats. he will play 80 games and have over 40 points…. Thats pretty impressive given the type of game he plays.

    • narfmoo12 - Jul 2, 2014 at 3:14 PM

      In 7 seasons, he’s topped 60 games just 3 times. And never hit 80. At least try to look up his stats before lying.

      • pj608 - Jul 2, 2014 at 7:52 PM

        How bout you look hot shot…. Just last year he played 62 games. 11 With COL 52 With the flyers. He played 79 games with the lightening and had 46 points. He is a plus player. He is a bruiser. Yeah he might not play 80 games every year but what player does? He will average 55-70 games per year. Giving his style that isnt all that bad. Brandon Prust and Ryan Clowe are the same way. You put those guys on the ice the other team shakes a bit. He is a role player, a guy that can inflict fear and will hit you. Something more players in the league need to do anymore. Not just stand there. Its f’n hockey. HIT GET THE PUCK AND MAKE A PLAY. He is getting older now… put him on the right team and he will be more discipline and get more points. You dont actually know anything about hockey. You just read numbers and watch highlights.

      • pj608 - Jul 2, 2014 at 7:53 PM

        now that pit signed him hes probably gonna go out cutting peoples ankles when they are afraid they are going to lose.

      • sdave2944 - Jul 3, 2014 at 10:55 AM

        @pj608, puff puff pass, puff puff pass. I want whatever your smoking my brother, you have to be high to make that statement

  15. flyboystransport - Jul 2, 2014 at 3:20 PM

    I’m amazed at at how downie is the biggest scum bag on the planet but now he’s with Pierre’s lap dog and now all the sudden he’s a good player? Funny

  16. phillyphanatic77 - Jul 2, 2014 at 3:22 PM

    I love this move… for the Flyers. Not only do we not have to deal with a player who couldn’t skate, hold onto the puck, or make a smart decision to save his life, but now he’s a part of our biggest rival. The only recent Flyer that I’ve hated more than Downie (during his Philly tenure) was Carcillo, and he atleast brought the ability to put up occasional goals and beat people in fights. Downie is an undersized grinder with terrible wheels, a terrible attitude, and an amazing penchant for taking terrible penalties at crucial times.

    Sure there will be Pens fans who say, “that’s just sour grapes from a Flyer fan”, but I can tell you there were cheaper grinders available who provide much more positive contributions. Downie is a bonehead who was hated here (by both Flyers and Pens fans) and that trend will continue in Pitt.

    • steelpenbucs87 - Jul 2, 2014 at 3:51 PM

      “but I can tell you there were cheaper grinders available”

      That right there is what drives me BONKERS about these kind of signings. Guys who have grit, sand AND a little skill – sure go pay for them. I don’t mind people signing the Ott’s and Horton’s of the world. But why pay Downie $1M when you can get Zach Sill from the AHL to do the same thing for $550k. I’m sorry, no one should be signing guys like Glass, Downie, Thornton, etc unless its for the league minimum, because there’s plenty of guys floating around who will beat the ever loving crap out of people while being completely nobodies on the ice for a lot cheaper than what these guys are being paid.

      • phillyphanatic77 - Jul 2, 2014 at 4:07 PM

        100% completely agree… and thank you for not just disparaging my comment bc I root for your rival. Most of the time if a GM is looking for 3rd or 4th liner to provide some grit and little scoring they’re also looking for someone to bring character to the room… that is not Downie. The guy is worse than Rinaldo (who is loved by his teammates). Downie was traded from Colorado because he couldn’t get along with teammates and the Holmgren (in his typical fashion) said sure we’ll take a useless grinder for a warrior and lockerroom fave like Max Talbot. Complete mistake.

        I know it’s only $1 million but on a cash strapped team like Pittsburgh you could find far better value… like you said, with someone like Sill. I thought for sure Downie would be overseas next season. I think Mario might soon be regretting replacing Shero with Rutherford.

      • narfmoo12 - Jul 2, 2014 at 4:14 PM

        Remember that Talbot had a few more years on his contract, so it saved us cap space.

      • jpelle82 - Jul 2, 2014 at 4:17 PM

        you can bet they will still count on sill to play this season, in fact he might beat a guy like downie out in camp. no way the bottom six is set because of him, comeau, or goc being signed. its like signing kobasew last year for a million, they got some minutes from him, now he’s gone to europe. you take a solid nhler at this point of the offseason and see if he pans out, if not waive him. who cares, its july 2nd

  17. luvusa1 - Jul 2, 2014 at 3:22 PM

    @President: Leave it to a Kings fan to reflect their astute knowledge upon us….not.

  18. killerpgh - Jul 2, 2014 at 4:59 PM

    I hate Downie. But I don’t have a problem with this signing. I actually wanted the Penguins to get Downie before. Now that he is 27 he has probably max out his skills as a hockey player and didn’t reach the height I thought he would. But I like having a guy who is half crazy on the team. And if it doesn’t work out he gets sent down and only counts for $75,000 against the cap while in the AHL. The dirtiest play that I can remember every happening to Crosby was from Downie.

  19. chanceoffleury - Jul 2, 2014 at 7:25 PM

    uggghhh. Why????

    It could be worse I guess. Worst comes to worst they can just put him on waivers and be done with him at the end of the year if nobody else bites. If it does work out, he could be a half-decent contributor and depth forward for Sutter to work with or slapped on a line with Malkin or Crosby in a pinch if things in a game start to get a little testy. I don’t know though. For all the s*** people gave Neal, and the Pens insinuating that his carelessness on the ice was a reason for him being one of the major pieces to go, it seems really weird for them to go out and support signing somebody like Downie. The guy is the definition of a wreckless player. I guess we shall see in time where this goes….

    • pj608 - Jul 3, 2014 at 8:37 AM

      Its a one year deal for 1 million… Downie knows hes been here there and everywhere. He has something to prove this year. If he wants to keep playing he knows he will have to clean up his act and focus on contributing to the score board. He definitely can contribute point wise but the main concern are the penalties…. Like i said before. He is older now and will calm down a bit. You will all see. It happened with prust and it just happened with clowe this past year. Even Boston turned Brad “the rat” Merchand around. Also, being with guys like crosby and malkin why wouldnt you want to be trying to score more goals and getting points on the board. At that rate, Fail or succeed. Its low risk to the penguins and you always need a guy with a little grit on your team. If he steps up he could even play on the top line with Crosby. Having Kunitz out there pulling guys off of Sid isnt exactly intimidating. Downie will make players leave crosby alone in some regards.

      • pj608 - Jul 3, 2014 at 8:42 AM

        My only question is how is Matt Cook still in the league??? Especially after his cheap hit on Tyson Barrie and Karlsson. He should be removed from the league and it is sad because coaching or someone on the team probably asks him to go out there and do that s***. i dont know how he gets away with it year after year. Shows you how profound hes become at injuring people and making it look like an “accident”. Giving him a few day suspension isnt s***. Especially when hes a fourth line player. These suspensions should be for the same length that a player is injured for if not longer. If the team doesn’t like it, Too bad. They shouldn’t have signed someone out of a garbage can.

      • sdave2944 - Jul 3, 2014 at 10:23 AM

        Really, guess you didnt see him play for the Flyers last year. Watch some tape of the games he played. Dont really want to hear they didnt put him in the correct situations because they treid him everywhere.

      • pj608 - Jul 3, 2014 at 10:55 AM

        If its not Philly than why cant Giroux do sh** in the playoffs and how does a guy like Lecavlier not work out for you guys? Or how do you get rid of Carter and richards and they win a cup the next season? Or how about getting rid of a goalie like Bobrovski and he wins the Vezina the year right after??? Philly is great…. I see them play and i know a lot more about the flyers than you think bud.

    • pj608 - Jul 3, 2014 at 10:59 AM

      When a guy cant skate you do the same thing the NJ Devils did with clarkson… YOU PUT HIM IN FRONT OF THE NET. Anyone with half of a brain can figure that one out. Now look at Clarkson on toronto. They think because he got all that money that hes some sort of all start or something. Hes a tough guy grinder…. He needs to be infront of the net for deflections and rebounds. Matching up against the opposing teams defenders. It doesnt matter because you guys know it all. You read the stats and you watch the highlights but 95% of you never strapped on the skates and or held a stick in your hand.

  20. sdave2944 - Jul 3, 2014 at 10:18 AM

    THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU. If you watched any game he played last year, you wouldnt want him on your team. The Flyers treid to put him on the power play, penalty kill first line thru forth line and he stunk it up every line he was on. If you want to kill any kind of flow to the game, put him out there. The best play he had last year is when he skated into the back of another player and knocked himself out of the lineup for three weeks. Again I just want to theank the Pens for the favor.

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