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November 7, 2008

Lightning Acquire RW Steve Downie and D Steve Eminger From Philadelphia


TAMPA, FL – The Tampa Bay Lightning, NHL parent club of the Norfolk Admirals, have acquired right wing Steve Downie, defenseman Steve Eminger and a fourth-round pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for defenseman Matt Carle and San Jose’s third-round pick in 2009 (previously acquired) today, Lightning Executive Vice President and General Manager Brian Lawton announced. Downie will report to the Admirals.

Downie, a 5-foot-10, 192-pound native of Newmarket, Ontario, has played in six games with the Flyers this year, recording 11 penalty minutes. He has played in 38 career NHL games, all with Philadelphia, recording six goals and 12 points. He also has one career shorthanded goal and one game-winning goal. Downie was originally drafted by Philadelphia in the first round, 29th overall, in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.

The 21-year-old has played in 26 career AHL games with the Philadelphia Phantoms, scoring six goals and 19 assists for 25 points and 137 penalty minutes. Last season with the Phantoms, Downie averaged over five penalty minutes per game with 114 PIM in just 21 games.

Downie played in 190 career junior games with Windsor, Peterborough and Kitchener. He amassed 82 career goals and 234 points. He also appeared in 43 OHL playoff games, recording 18 goals and 53 points.

Eminger, a 212-pound native of Woodbridge, Ontario, has played in all 12 games with the Flyers this season recording two assists and an even rating. Eminger is a veteran of 224 NHL games with the Flyers and Washington Capitals, recording six goals and 45 points. He made his first and only Stanley Cup Playoff Appearance in 2008 with the Capitals, recording one goal in five games.

The 25-year-old defenseman played his junior career with the Kitchener Rangers from 1999 until 2003. He played in 191 career games with the Rangers, recording 29 goals and 135 points. He also played in 30 playoff games, notching three goals and 13 points. He was originally drafted by Washington in the first-round, 12th overall, at the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.

The Admirals will close out their five-game homestand tomorrow night with a rematch against the IceHogs. Following the game, Norfolk will depart on a two-week, eight-game road trip through the Atlantic Division and will not return to Scope until the week of Thanksgiving.

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