NEW YORK - Flyers forward Steve Downie didn't hide his disappointment over being a healthy scratch for Sunday's game against the New York Rangers. It was the first time he was a healthy scratch since the Oct. 31 trade with Colorado that returned him to the Flyers for Max Talbot.
Downie began his career with the Flyers after being selected in the first round of the 2005 draft.
"It wasn't my decision," Downie said after Sunday's morning skate at Madison Square Garden. "I want to play."
Coach Craig Berube didn't mince words in explaining his decision.
"I think Steve's intensity level isn't high enough on a shift-in, shift-out basis for me," Berube said. "He has to find that intensity level and has to play on the edge but without being undisciplined."