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Avs send Downie to Philly for Talbot

Denver, CO ( - The Colorado Avalanche traded rugged forward Steve Downie to the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for checking forward Maxime Talbot on Thursday.

Talbot has registered one goal and an assist in 11 games with the Flyers this season.

"Maxime is a veteran forward who has won a Stanley Cup and has a lot of NHL experience," Avalanche Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Joe Sakic said in a statement about Talbot, who has two more years remaining on the five-year contract he signed as a free agent with Philadelphia in July 2011. "We're looking forward to him bringing that experience to our club."

The 29-year-old Quebec native was selected by Pittsburgh in the eighth round of the 2002 draft and debuted with the Penguins during the 2005-06 season. He scored both goals in the Penguins' 2-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings in Game 7 of the 2009 Stanley Cup Final.

Talbot spent two more seasons in Pittsburgh before joining its in-state rival.

In 515 career games, he has compiled 77 goals and 154 points.

For Downie, the trade sends him back to the club that selected him with the 29th pick in the first round of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. He reached the NHL for the first time during the 2007-08 campaign and played six games for the Flyers the following season before he was dealt to Tampa Bay.

Downie, 26, totaled one goal and six assists in 11 games with the Avalanche this season while playing on a line with Matt Duchene and Ryan O'Reilly.

The Ontario native has posted 56 goals and 89 assists in 285 career games and can become an unrestricted free agent next summer.

10/31 14:30:57 ET

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