Forward and former first round pick Steve Downie was inked to a free agent contract by the Pacific Division’s Arizona Coyotes during the summer of 2015, but his first season in the desert hasn’t worked out exactly as planned.
After clearing waivers and being reassigned to the AHL’s Springfield Falcons, Downie was brought back to Arizona following five games and one goal in the minors. Now, he’ll return to the AHL, suggesting the Coyotes will search for offensive help elsewhere.
The Coyotes announced on Sunday morning that Downie, recalled by the club earlier the week prior, had been reassigned back to the Falcons with just three goals and six points in a collective 26 games for Arizona during the 2015-16 campaign. His reassignment leaves the Coyotes with just 12 forwards on the active roster, so the move could be making room for another forward – but for now, the only action was his return to the minors.
Without Downie in the lineup, the Coyotes will look to win against the Vancouver Canucks next week on Wednesday, February 10th at home in Glendale, Arizona. Downie will return to the Falcons in time for their next game, which is scheduled to be played against the Hershey Bears on Saturday, February 13th.