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NHL Trade News: 3 Team Trade Centered Around Steve Downie Executed

TAMPA, FL - MAY 21:  Referee Dan O'Halloran #13 and linesman Jonny Murray #95 talk to Steve Downie #9 of the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Boston Bruins during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at St Pete Times Forum on May 21, 2011 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Eliot J. Schechter/Getty Images)
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Robert TheodorsonSenior Analyst IFebruary 21, 2012

The Tampa Bay Lightning, Detroit Red Wings and Colorado Avalanche have pulled of a three team trade centered around scoring agitator Steve Downie, previously of the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Yzerman pulled off yet another move for his ailing Lightning, acquiring a first round pick from the Detroit Red Wings. The move is the third in a series of actions the Tampa GM has pulled off before the deadline as he looks to improve the team in the near future, all but giving up on the current season. Early twitter reports indicate that a prospect is on the move to Tampa Bay as well. 

Detroit will receive defenseman Kyle Quincey. Quincey is a decent defenseman who isn't without his flaws, but can contribute on offense and special teams, as well as playing some well rounded hockey in his own zone.

Colorado gets the jewel of the trade: Downie. The Avs are currently trying to make the playoffs after mortgaging the future when they traded the Washington Capitals a bevy of draft picks for goalie Semyon Varlamov. They are currently sitting right outside the bubble and will be battling with Western foes to capture the seventh or eighth seed at the end of the regular season.

Downie is a gritty forward that can chip in offensively and play special teams. Downie is a forward that likes to cause trouble for the opposition and protect his teammates, something the young Avs team desperately needed more of. Downie's game picked up tremendously the past few years by having Tampa Bay centers Steven Stamkos and Vincent Lecavalier feeding him the puck.

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