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Steve Downie downplays Gabriel Landeskog feud

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08:52 AM ET 01.04 | Multiple reports surfaced saying that Avalanche brass made the decision to move Steve Downie after a questionable incident in training camp. During a scrimmage camp, Downie reportedly crosschecked Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog in the back of the head. Downie and Landeskog, 21, got into a shoving match after the incident and traded verbal blows but punches were never thrown. "Downie got mad at Landeskog for a trip during a scrimmage and drilled him," Hockey Night in Canada's Elliott Friedman reported in November. "I was told basically the Avalanche had decided that when that happened and Downie was basically unapologetic about it, the time was going to come where he was going to get dealt." Downie, now 26, had a similar on-ice altercation with a teammate, Akim Aliu, in training camp in junior hockey in 2005-06. He was suspended five games for that incident, in which he knocked out three of Aliu's teeth with a crosscheck to the face and the two also fought. Finally with a chance to respond to the reports, Downie said yesterday he does not believe his spat with Landeskog was the reason for his trade. "I think it was [overblown]," Downie said. "I don't make the trades. I really can't comment on it. Writers are going to write what they want. I never saw anyone quoted or anything. "You'd have to ask [the Avalanche]. I'd say me and 'Landy' had a great relationship."

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January 4, 2014  09:03 AM ET

You're Skating On Thin Ice, Bro.

January 4, 2014  09:14 AM ET

And, wgaf?

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January 4, 2014  09:33 AM ET
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Cross checking people in the head??? Sounds like the Avalanche traded him to the wrong Pennsylvania team.Aaand away we go..............................

On the contrary, they got the right team on that one. Besides the Avs came out on top on that trade. They unload a penalty machine in Downie and picked up Max Talbot. It was a win, win situation for them.

January 4, 2014  09:37 AM ET
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On the contrary, they got the right team on that one. Besides the Avs came out on top on that trade. They unload a penalty machine in Downie and picked up Max Talbot. It was a win, win situation for them.

I think he just means a dirty player should be playing for the penguins alongside Orpik.

Shame downie's thinking like a kid these days, he had raw talent back in the day and that never really translated to success on the ice. Perhaps frustration is finally setting in.

January 4, 2014  09:43 AM ET
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I think he just means a dirty player should be playing for the penguins alongside Orpik.Shame downie's thinking like a kid these days, he had raw talent back in the day and that never really translated to success on the ice. Perhaps frustration is finally setting in.

Pens have enough dirty players, so does Philly and B****n for that matter. Should have kept the guy out west where we don't have to put up with him as much.

January 4, 2014  09:56 AM ET

Forgot to post this for you Shipper......sorry.

January 4, 2014  10:16 AM ET
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Forgot to post this for you Shipper......sorry.

Thanks Canuck, 105K is impressive even if it took some all the next day to get home.

January 4, 2014  10:17 AM ET
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Should have kept the guy out west where we don't have to put up with him as much.

You mean where it's too late to watch him:)

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January 4, 2014  10:48 AM ET
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Pens have enough dirty players, so does Philly and B****n for that matter. Should have kept the guy out west where we don't have to put up with him as much.

Sometimes you can never have enough dirt.

Gary Bettmans new catch phrase.

January 4, 2014  10:52 AM ET
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We arranged a car to pick us up and drive us back to the hotel in Detroit. We were picked up at 5, didn't get to the hotel until 7:15, and I slept the entire way :)

Glad you didn't get the driver that drove the Russian Five that night.

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January 4, 2014  11:52 AM ET
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I saw quite a few Wings sweaters with Vladdy's name on the back. Even the special WC jerseys. Good to know Wings fans haven't forgotten him.

They were all at the Oldtimers game at CoAmerica Park the day before, Vlad stood up but still looked rocky.

January 4, 2014  11:58 AM ET

They're both good players - not that I'd want either of them on my team though - for completely different reasons, of coarse.

January 4, 2014  12:02 PM ET
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Just curious to know who you consider dirty on Boston?

Doogie the Designate Back Stabber. And if Rask doesn't stop jabbing and slashing with that big club...

January 4, 2014  12:03 PM ET

"Downie got mad at Landeskog for a trip during a scrimmage and drilled him," .... Elliott Friedman reported in November.

Bullfeathers! If every GM traded away every player that got into a scuffle during practice every team's roster would be unrecognizable with so many new faces coming and going.

January 4, 2014  12:05 PM ET
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You mean where it's too late to watch him:)

I'm getting old and can't stay up late like I used to. I'm not saying my favorite late-night TV show is the 6:00 news (yet), but I'm just not a night owl.

 
January 4, 2014  12:07 PM ET
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Forgot to post this for you Shipper......sorry.

LOL! For a second there I thought Ron McLean was invited to wave the checkered flag to start a nascar race. :-)

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