The Pittsburgh Penguins have reportedly signed forward Steve Downie to a one-year, $1 million deal, according to TSN hockey insider Bob McKenzie.
Steve Downie agrees to terms on one-year, $1M deal with PIT. #TSN
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) July 2, 2014
Downie, 27, is a former first-round draft pick (29th overall) of the Philadelphia Flyers, and was rostered with said team last season, as well as the Colorado Avalanche.
In 62 games between the two teams, Downie compiled 24 points (4G, 20A) and skated to a plus-1 rating.
Downie’s best season came back in the 2009-10 campaign with the Tampa Bay Lightning, when he registered a career-high 46 points (22G, 24A), and a career-best plus-14 rating.
The gritty winger’s best season also came when Rick Tocchet was head coach of the Lightning, who is now one of Pittsburgh’s assistant coaches behind Mike Johnston.
It’ll be curious to see where Johnston decides to slot Downie, considering he’s got great success playing in the top-six, but mediocre production in the bottom. Downie’s standout campaign in ’09-10 came when he skated alongside Steven Stamkos and Martin St. Louis.
Although he’s had a little trouble in staying healthy over recent years, Downie’s addition to the wing corps could ultimately be a steal for general manager Jim Rutherford.