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Colorado Avalanche trade Steve Downie to Philadelphia Flyers for Max Talbot

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Steve Downie has been traded from Colorado to Philadelphia

Steve Downie’s rough and tumble style makes him a natural-born Flyer. (David Zalubowski/AP)

By Allan Muir

Shortly after the fiesty Colorado winger had his right ACL blown out on a hit from Los Angeles defenseman Davis Drewiske last January, a scout offered up this thought to the assembled press box wags: “The Avs aren’t the same team without Steve Downie in the lineup.”

We’ll see now if that’s really true.

Colorado today sent Downie back to the Philadelphia Flyers, the team that originally chose him in the first round of the 2005 draft, in exchange for veteran winger Max Talbot.

Just 26, Downie is clearly the better player at this point, but it’s his born-to-be-a-Flyer approach to the game that the struggling Philly side desperately craves. Despite a reputation for mayhem earned earlier in his career, he’s matured into a solid performer who can make things happen with speed and creativity as easily as with a big hit. He had one goal and seven points for the Avs, an output that ties him with Vinnie Lecavalier for the Flyers’ team lead, and while he’s not a premium player himself, he has the tools to work well with guys who are — see his time in Tampa Bay alongside Steven Stamkos. Expect to see him line up alongside Claude Giroux in an effort to create some space for/light a fire under the struggling captain.

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  • Published On Oct 31, 2013
  • Crash and burn: the most ridiculous car ads by NHL players

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    By Allan Muir

    Our buddies over at the Campus Union college football blog have been all over the Johnny Manziel story. One of the best angles so far? This ad for an Oklahoma car dealer spoofing the autograph signing that earned Johnny Football that onerous 30-minute suspension.

    It’s a very funny bit, like the one above featuring Scott Hartnell, and it got us thinking about some of the memorable outings over the years by hockey players in car commercials. The two make for a cringe-worthy combination. Take the ad below featuring Bruins enforcer Shawn Thornton, in which he uses some tricks that he presumably picked up in Southie to move metal for Pride Motor Group. If you were mesmerized by his big-screen debut as Angry Guy in Ted, you will appreciate his subtle character work in this spot.

    Embarrassing, sure, but it’s easy to set aside your pride when someone offers to cut you a fat check — or give you free use of a sweet ride — for an hour or two of work, right?

    Here are some more of the all-time greats.

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  • Published On Aug 29, 2013


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