Flyers Notes: Downie and Talbot face their old teams

The Flyers' Steve Downie. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)
The Flyers' Steve Downie. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)
Posted: January 04, 2014

DENVER - Steve Downie and Max Talbot, forwards who were traded for each other on Halloween, had different perspectives when they faced their former teams on Thursday night at the Pepsi Center.

Downie, a winger who returned to the Flyers' third line on Thursday, downplayed his return to Denver. He played across three seasons with Colorado but got into only 33 games.

"Injuries," Downie said before the game, when asked to characterize his tenure with the Avalanche. "It's unfortunate, but it is what it is. I never really got to show what I could do, but at the same time, it's over with. I put it behind me and moved forward here."

As for facing his former teammates, Downie said, "I haven't really put much thought into it. My focus has been on trying to help this team win games. It's just another game to get a win."

Since the trade, Downie had two goals and 12 points and was plus-3 in 23 games entering Thursday, while Talbot had three goals and nine points and was plus-2 in 28 games.

Talbot said that it was "overwhelming" when he learned he had been traded, but that he had acclimated to his new team and loves playing in Denver.

He said the trade was tougher on his fiancee, Cynthia. They are expecting their first child on Feb. 5.

"You just have to play," Talbot said before the game. "For my fiancee back home, there was a little bit more responsibility and stress, but now that we're here [together], it's been great."

Unlike Downie, Talbot was eager to face his former team.

"Every time you play a team you've been with, it's exciting, it's different," he said. "I know all the guys on the team. I've battled for these guys for a year and a half. Right when you're traded, you look at the calendar and [see] we play Philly on Jan. 2, so it's obvious it's going to be a special game for me."

Concussion for Raffl

Flyers winger Michael Raffl suffered a concussion when he was hit into the boards by Colorado's Gabriel Landeskog in the first period Thursday.

No penalty was called.

Raffl has been a key member in the resurgence of the Flyers' top line. He is out indefinitely.

Read sidelined

Winger Matt Read, who appeared to take an elbow to the head in the Flyers' win in Calgary on Tuesday, did not participate in Thursday's morning skate and was out of the game.

Coach Craig Berube said he wanted to give Read (10 goals, 19 points) another day to recover and that there was a chance he would play Saturday in Phoenix.


 

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