Fantasy Impact: The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed Steve Downie to a one-year deal worth $1 million.
The Penguins get: one of the league’s premier agitators and one of the few to actually have skill. A third line of Downie, Brandon Sutter and Nick Spaling actually sounds pretty appealing.
Fantasy Players Impacted: Downie found himself a great fit here, but I don’t think his arrival suddenly boosts or hurts the production of anyone else. He is a needed commodity with the Penguins losing Tanner Glass and Matt Cooke over the last couple of years. So if he’s needed, he’ll get played (as opposed to the press box). Helping this is the fact that he has a bond with Penguins assistant Rick Tocchet. I’m thinking 60 games (the most he’s played in years), 30 points and 175 PIM.
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