Trade: Steve Downie Somehow Turns Into a First-Round Pick

If we had entitled this “Steve Downie Involved in Three-Way”, you never would have clicked on it, but that’s exactly what happened this afternoon. According to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, Tampa Bay has traded Steve Downie to the Colorado Avalanche for defenseman Kyle Quincey, and then traded Kyle Quincey to the Detroit Red Wings for a first-round draft pick and prospect Sebastien Piche.

Steve Downie has a cap hit of $1,850,000 and will bring with him his charming personality and 121 season penalty minutes, while the Detroit has acquired Quincey and his $3,125,000 cap hit, who they originally drafted in 2003, and lost on waivers in 2008.

We’re obviously very broken up about Steve Downie leaving the division and will deeply miss seeing his face six times a year. We’ll make it through this somehow. The real question is, who’s going to tell Semyon Varlamov about his new teammate?

  • pucker up

    Wow. didn’t think the Avs were THAT bad off.

  • pucker up

    Gosh! The Avs are THAT hard up!!?

  • Random caps fan

    This was a good move. Downie works hard and is a gritty player (something our team has forgotten how to do).  And, while our GM sits on his hands and will likely be a buyer at the deadline, Yzerman is getting top dollar for players from clubs anxious to get better for the playoffs. He understands that even if his team made the playoffs they would never get past the first round and now has 5 picks in the first two rounds of a stacked draft class… We should be shopping Wideman, Semin, and wrapping them with Eakin, Mojo, Neuvy/Holtby clearing up cap room and bringing in players that make us a better team. We NEED a 2C if we want to go anywhere… Enough ranting.

  • Colin

    If Quincey can fetch a 1st rounder, then Semin and Wideman should get at least that much value. This would be a very good year to be a seller IMO. Lots of buyers, not much top talent coming on the market.