Downie Trade Evaluation
A Second Look at the Downie Trade
I'll admit it, when I first heard about this week's three way trade I was not at all happy as my initial blog stated, but now that I have had some time to digest it I fell like this may be a good move after all. The biggest gripe I had initially is that I thought the Avs would use Kyle Quincey as part of a package to land a bigger player. But now that I look at who Steve Downie is and what he could be for this team I think this trade makes sense.
Downie may be tough grinder type player, but compared to most grinders Downie has decent offensive skill. He had 17 points in 22 playoff games last year, of course, that's playing on a team with Steven Stamkos and Marty St. Louis. But Downie also had good chemistry with Matt Duchene on Team Canada, which is where the Avs may be able to play him. Here is an idea of what the lines could look like with his addition.
Landeskog - O'Reilly - Olver
Jones - Stastny - Hejduk
Mueller - Duchene - Downie
Winnik - McClement - Kobasew
With those lines, it doesn't really matter which you end up calling the first, as the top three can be interchangeable by whichever line is performing better.
The biggest question that this trade brings forth is what it might mean as far as other potential trades. With this trade right now the Avs are a tab bit under the cap from what I understand. Still, the general manager has to be plotting to make another trade for some salary. I am really starting to think the Avs may actually be in on Carter after all. We will have to see what the next few days bring, mark my words the Avs WILL make more moves!