Downie Ready to Return to Flyers
TORONTO— When the puck drops between the Flyers and Ottawa Senators tonight, a relatively new teammate will continue the bonding process that he missed for more than a week.
Even though Steve Downie was traded to the Flyers from the Colorado Avalanche on the last day of October, he hadn’t spent much time with his new teammates.
Downie, 26, was sent to Pennsylvania Hospital for two nights after he was concussed in a fight in his first game back with the Flyers. Even once he was out of the hospital, he was rehabbing at home, not with the team. On Monday, Downie was cleared to play.
“I just got here so it would be nice to bond with the guys, go out for a couple dinners with them,” Downie told reporters at the team’s practice facility in Voorhees. “I’m definitely looking forward to it.”
He was on the top line for the first two periods of the Flyers’ massacre at the hands of the Washington Capitals, 7-0, on Nov. 1. After the score got out of hand, he ended up on a line with Sean Couturier and Matt Read.
Tonight, he’ll likely be in the same spot. That’s where he practiced Monday as winger Michael Raffl reportedly was out with the flu.