Coyotes waive Steve Downie

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Arizona has placed veteran agitator Steve Downie on waivers, per TSN.

Downie, 28, has appeared in just two games this month, which included a 7:12 stint in a 2-0 loss to the Devils yesterday. He’s been a healthy scratch on a number of occasions recently and, prior to that, had missed a fairly significant period of time with an upper-body injury.

Signed to a one-year, $1.75 million deal this summer, Downie was expected to bring his trademark grit and energy to the Coyotes, but it didn’t really materialize. He wasn’t one of head coach Dave Tippett’s favorites and, all told, had just three goals and six points in 25 games while averaging less than 10 minutes per night.