The Philadelphia Flyers need to get top center Claude Giroux scoring again. He hasn’t scored this season.
In fact, he hasn’t scored in 17 games dating back to last season. So the Flyers brought back Steven Downie to create another possibility for the top line.
Coach Craig Berube has liked what he has seen from Giroux’s collaboration with Vincent Lecavalier, who moved up from No. 2 center role to flank Giroux. Downie played with Lecavalier in Tampa Bay, where he once played on the top line with Steven Stamkos and Martin St. Louis.
Flyers GM Paul Holmgren sent elite penalty killing forward Maxime Talbot to Colorado to get him. Downie, who was playing on the Matt Duchene line in Colorado, could get a look with Giroux.
“I'm definitely thinking about that, but there are some other things we can use him for as well," Flyers coach Craig Berube told Philadelphia reporters.
Downie adds additional toughness to a lineup that recently got Scott Hartnell back from the injured list.
“He goes to the front of the net with a purpose and can hold onto the puck and make plays,” Holmgren told reporters. “He’ll add a lot in that department.
“He’s a good player, a better player than maybe people give him credit for. He’s good with the puck, strong on the puck. He can make a lot of plays.
“I’m not sure how (Berube) is going to use him. We were talking about it a few minutes ago. We’ll get him in there tomorrow. He’ll add a lot to our team.”