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The Versatile Steve Downie

from Sarah McLellen of azcentral sports,

“He can play all over the lineup, and I think that versatility makes him a very valuable player,” Tippett said.

Considering he’s had stints with the Penguins, Avalanche and Lightning, the cast of characters Downie has been around is impressive – Sidney Crosby, Steven Stamkos and Nathan MacKinnon. Downie has tried to absorb as much as he can from these stars and strike a balance between being an agitator and contributing offensively.

Last season, Downie led the league in penalty minutes with 238.

“There are some things there that we’ll have a good talk about before the start of the season, but he plays hard,” Tippett said. “Guys that play hard and stick up for teammates are going to get some penalties, but there’s some that are warranted and some that he can probably take out of his game.”

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Steve Downie is a useful player if the referees allow him to play, but they don’t. They’ve never forgiven him for slashing a fellow union member in the minors and breaking his leg when he was 20 years old.

Those extra penalties Tippett wants him to take out of his game? He can’t. Because they’re mostly unwarranted revenge calls over that 8 or 10 year old incident. We’re talking about a guy who, last year, got a roughing penalty for being crosschecked face first into the boards 5 seconds after scoring a goal. He also got a minor for being speared in the junk, followed by a second minor and a misconduct for saying “he speared me in the ****.”

Downie’s a loose cannon, but at least half of the penalties he gets are beyond his ability to control.

Posted by larry on 09/22/15 at 01:02 PM ET

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