April 5, 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Cam Atkinson (13) attempts to steal the puck away from Colorado Avalanche right wing Steve Downie (27) during the second period of the game at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE
Bob McKenzie is reporting (and CapGeek has confirmed) that the Avalanche have come to terms with Steve Downie. His two-year deal will pay $2.55 million in the first year and $2.75 in the second with a $2.65 cap hit.
Downie was an important addition at the deadline last year, supplying that ever-needed grit and physical presence. His time with Ryan O`Reilly and Gabriel Landeskog elevated his play and theirs, creating what I affectionately called the UMAD? line. Yeah, they were mad. That line frustrated many a defender in the second half of the season and was a big reason the Avs were still in a playoff hunt.
This is a great deal for both sides. Glad to see him back.