Sunday, December 02, 2007

Downie's NHL ban ends

Steve Downie has completed his 20-game suspension, but will remain with the Phantoms until his play improves and/or the Flyers have an injured winger. According to GM Paul Holmgren, Downie started off strong with the Phantoms, but his play tailed off in recent weeks. In 10 games he has one goal, 10 assists, 26 penalty minutes and is a plus-6.
That was prior to this weekend's games, when Downie went on a rampage Saturday night against Lake Erie and was handed 31 minutes in penalties and a game misconduct.

What's interesting is that with Riley Cote likely to become the fifth Flyer to receive a suspension this season for an ugly hit against Dallas last night, we could be seeing Downie as his NHL replacement very soon.

The cycle begins anew?


At 9:56 p.m., December 02, 2007, Blogger Andrew Bucholtz said...

What bothers me is not Downie's potential return to the league: he did the crime and now he's served the time. I think it's more troubling that his path back may be paved by yet another Flyer suspension. The league needs to start looking at handing out some organizational discipline here: five suspension-worthy plays in just a couple months of hockey is far too much (and seems to me to be a reflection of an organization stocked with such former Broad Street Bullies as Bob Clarke and Paul Holmgren). Interestingly enough, Holmgren held the franchise penalty minute record until Rick Tocchet later broke it. The NHL needs to send a message to the Flyers' management, not just the individual players: it's the system that's endangering the rest of the league.

At 7:43 a.m., December 03, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

there are rumors floating around he's coming up if cote gets suspended

At 10:32 a.m., December 03, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think its the Flyers getting back at the league for crap they do.

For a period of time players where taking runs at and giving head shots that resulted in concussion to Flyers players such as Lindros and Primeau and the flyers ever complained about it. At that time the league did nothing to protect players from head shots.

It's amazing now that the flyers are doing this is a crime against nature.

I also think the flyers are embrassed from last season and look for some payback from last year

At 1:42 p.m., December 04, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well if Primeau was hit accidentally by Perezhogin. Kind of like how Knuble and Shanahan collided.
I love Flyer fan, We finally have an NHL franchise that has fans with lower IQs than Maple Leaf nation. Face it buddy your team is crummy it's defense is crap and slow and your goaltending won't hold up and Briere will be a washout/
The league is really afraid of the flyers.
Why don't you go post on Eklund's blog where the rest of the retarded flyer fans reside.

At 1:54 p.m., December 04, 2007, Anonymous sv said...

Anonymous number one-The Flyers certainly took their sweet time getting their revenge. And if the Flyers are just avenging harms done to their players does this mean their next target is their own medical staff?


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