The Avalanche's official website confirmed the news, while Joe Sakic, the team's vice president of hockey operations, had this to say about the deal:
Maxime is a veteran forward who has won a Stanley Cup and has a lot of NHL experience. We’re looking forward to him bringing that experience to our club.
Hockey reporter Renaud Lavoie, meanwhile, noted that the 29-year-old Talbot, who was in his third season with the Flyers, was happy about the switch from Philadelphia to Colorado:
Rob Parent of the Delaware County Daily Times provides these quotes from Paul Holmgren:
Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer indicates when we can expect to see Downie in action:
Carchidi also supplies these quotes from Downie:
The Flyers, at 3-8-0, currently sit in last place in the Metropolitan division with six points, while the Avalanche look like legitimate Stanley Cup contenders after a blazing 10-1-0 start, which has them in first place in the Central.
Talbot, who has 77 goals and 77 assists in 515 career games, not only brings an important veteran leadership to a team looking to contend deep into June, but also provides depth and versatility, likely helping bolster Colorado's third line either on the wing or at center. He is plus-one in 11 games in 2013 for the struggling Flyers.
Downie, who inked a two-year contract extension with the Avs in June, has one goal and six assists and is plus-four in 11 games this season.
The 26-year-old, who started his NHL career in 2007 with Philadelphia, figures to fit into the second line on the right wing, and Flyers fans will be hoping their former first-round pick can provide something of a spark for the team that is second-to-last in the NHL in goals scored.