mikey287 wrote: Leads me to believe that this is another off-ice issue with Downie...maybe not any one in particular thing, but he has a negative reputation around the league. The first time he was in Philly he had a babysitter follow him around Dez Bryant style.
Strange timing for the Avs unless they're that desperate to distract from the Varly thing (which I don't actually believe), it's a good on-ice trade for Philadelphia.
You may have answered your own question.
The Avs are going to expend a lot of time deflecting the negative fallout from Varly. If Downie is having issues, instead of having to deal with those as well, they sent him to the Flyers to let them worry about him.