“Maxime is a veteran forward who has won a Stanley Cup and has a lot of NHL experience,” said Avalanche Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Joe Sakic. “We’re looking forward to him bringing that experience to our club.”
Talbot won the Cup with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2009, scoring the game-winning goal against the Detroit Red Wings to clinch the coveted trophy. With the acquisition, the Colorado Avalanche now have two players with Cup-clinching goals on their roster (Alex Tanguay, 2001).
The 29-year old Talbot has 154 points in 515 games, and an additional 39 points in 77 playoff games. He has two points in 11 games this season. Talbot is in the third season of his 5-year contract, which carries an annual cap hit of $1.75 million.
Steve Downie was originally acquired by the Avalanche from the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2012 in exchange for Kyle Quincey. Originally drafted by the Flyers, Downie has 145 points in 285 NHL games; including seven in 11 games this season. He is in the last year of a 2-year contact that carries an average annual cap hit of $2.65 million. He will become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season.
The Avalanche currently have 11 players on their roster that will be eligible for free agency after the season.
The Colorado Avalanche next play the Dallas Stars on Friday.