The Colorado Avalanche have traded right wing Steve Downie to the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for forward Max Talbot.

Steve Downie is headed to the Flyers.

Steve Downie is headed to the Flyers.

 SPECTOR’S NOTE:  Downie (26) is younger than Talbot (29) and also has more points this season (7 compared to Talbot’s 2). Downie, however, has a reputation for reckless play which also leads to injuries. Talbot’s energetic style has given him his share of injuries, but he’s more controlled and a better penalty-killer. The Avs could also be looking toward him for leadership.  

Dollars and free agency might also factor into this move. Talbot has a more affordable cap hit ($1.75 million through 2015-16), while Downie carries a $2.65 million cap hit and is slated to become a UFA next summer.  

It’s also a homecoming for Downie, as he was drafted by the Flyers and began his NHL career with them, so they know what they’re getting. The Flyers are in need of more offense so Downie could help in that department.