• Coyotes Ink Downie To One-Year Pact

    News: Steve Downie agreed to terms on a one-year, $1.75 million contract with the Coyotes on Wednesday, Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic reports.
    Analysis: Steve Downie showcased an ability to pitch in as a depth scorer (14 goals, 28 points in 72 games) and ruffle the feathers of the opposition (a league-leading 238 PIM) last season with Pittsburgh, attributes that should earn him increased ice time in the desert. The Coyotes don't have much depth to speak of at either of the wing spots, which could potentially result in Downie settling into a second- or third-line role.
  • Pens' Downie Ready To Return Friday

    News: Steve Downie (upper body) says he will be ready to play Friday against the Islanders, Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
    Analysis: Steve Downie missed the past two games with the injury, but with the Penguins needing all hands on deck in order to secure one of the available playoff spots, it looks like he'll be able to enter the lineup even if it's at less than optimal health. With 14 goals and 28 points over 70 games, Downie has delivered some useful offensive numbers from his bottom-six role, but it's his penchant for skirting the law that has made him a boon for fantasy owners. His 236 penalty minutes lead the league by a wide margin.
  • Pens' Downie Set To Miss Another Game

    News: Steve Downie (upper body) appears unlikely to play Tuesday against the Senators, Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
    Analysis: Steve Downie didn't skate Tuesday morning, putting him on track to sit out a second straight contest. The Penguins haven't provided any word that a long-term absence is in store for Downie, so he can be considered day-to-day in advance of Friday's match against the Islanders.
  • Pens' Downie (Upper Body) Out Sunday

    News: Steve Downie is day-to-day with an upper-body injury, and he will not play in Sunday's game against the Flyers.
    Analysis: The day-to-day designation indicates Steve Downie has a shot to return before the end of the regular season, and the Penguins still have quite a bit to play for in terms of seeding. His remaining chances to play will come Tuesday (at OTT), Friday (vs. NYI) and Saturday (at BUF).
  • Pens' Downie Scores Third Goal In Nine Tilts

    News: Steve Downie scored his third power-play goal of the season Saturday against the Coyotes.
    Analysis: He was named the game's No. 2 star for his efforts. Steve Downie's fight against Shane Doan gives him 228 PIM, but just seven in his last six contests. That kind of self control could win him additional playing time down the stretch -- though it remains to be seen whether he can keep his emotions in check.
  • Pens' Downie Finds The Board Tuesday

    News: Steve Downie netted his 13th goal Tuesday in a 3-2 overtime loss against St. Louis.
    Analysis: Pens Coach Mike Johnston singled out Steve Downie's strong play following the game. The forward recently promised to temper his emotions and has now taken just one minor penalty in his last four contests.
  • Pens' Downie (Undisclosed) Expected To Play

    News: Steve Downie (undisclosed) is expected to play in Saturday's game against the Coyotes, Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
    Analysis: Steve Downie suffered a hard collision in Thursday's game against the Stars and his availability for Saturday's game has been in question ever since. However, it appears he'll take the ice for the eighth-straight time Saturday.
  • Pens' Downie Could Be Out Saturday

    News: Steve Downie (undisclosed) could be unavailable Saturday against the Coyotes, Seth Rorabaugh of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
    Analysis: Steve Downie was limited to just 10:38 of playing time Thursday against the Stars, after he fell hard to the ice following a hit. Given the winger's lengthy concussion history, there appears to be some concern that he may have sustained another head injury. Even if Downie avoided such a setback, his status won't likely be revealed until pregame warmups Saturday, as the Penguins didn't hold a morning skate session.
  • Pens' Downie Pads PIM Total

    News: Steve Downie padded his league-leading penalty-minute total in Sunday's loss to the Red Wings, earning 22 PIM on two 10-minute misconduct infractions and a two-minute minor for cross-checking.
    Analysis: Lady Byng, he is not. With 221 PIM on the season, Steve Downie has a 47-minute lead over the Avs' Cody McLeod, who currently ranks second in the NHL. In additional to single-handedly keeping the PIM category on lockdown for his fantasy owners, Downie has shown more offensive ability than the typical pugilist, amassing 12 goals and 14 assists over his 62 games. That point total ranks ahead of all other 100-plus PIM contributors except for the Jets' Dustin Byfuglien.
  • Pens' Downie Makes Most Of Limited Ice In Win

    News: Steve Downie skated just 9:17 on Thursday, but racked up the game-winning goal, an assist, a plus-1 rating and two penalty minutes in a 6-4 win over Edmonton.
    Analysis: Nice seeing Steve Downie chip in offensively after he'd tallied just a single point over the prior seven contests. Those points are, however, just icing on top of his penalty-minute cake, as Downie's 197 PIM have him in fine position to set a new career high in that category.