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The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has acquired forward Steve Downie from the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for defenseman Kyle Quincey.  

Downie, 24, has tallied 12 goals and 28 points (12g/16a) with a team-high 121 penalty minutes in 55 games for the Lightning this season.  The Newmarket, Ontario native ranks fifth on the club in both goals and points (tied), and is fourth in shots. He ranks second on the Lightning with 36 takeaways.
“Our organization believes that Steve Downie will add grit and skill to our lineup offensively,” said Avalanche General Manager/Executive Vice President Greg Sherman.  “He plays the game with an edge and we look forward to seeing the immediate and future impact he can bring to our team.”
“As well, we want to thank Kyle Quincey for his services and wish him all the best.”
Selected by Philadelphia in the first round (29th overall) of the 2005 Entry Draft, Downie has appeared in 252 career NHL games, collecting 124 points (53g/71a) and 638 penalty minutes.  He scored 22 goals for Tampa Bay during the 2009-10 regular season (22g/24a in 79 GP) and helped the Lighting reach the 2011 Eastern Conference Finals by posting 14 points (2g/12a) in 17 playoff games last spring.   
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