Downie signed with Arizona over the summer, following a season of surprising successes in Pittsburgh, where he scored 14 goals and 28 points. It was tied for the second most goals he’s ever scored and was a points total that was a throwback to when he was able to be a pugilist while providing a bit of secondary scoring.
This season he’s put up just three goals and six assists in 25 games for the ‘Yotes.
Arizona jumped on the chance to sign him, inking him to a one-year, $1.75 million deal on the opening day of free agency. He is on a one-way contract, so he will receive his full NHL salary if sent to the AHL. At his salary, the Coyotes will not get much cap relief, but they don’t need it.
The Downie news comes not too long after the team waived fellow pugilist John Scott and then traded him to Montreal.
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