"(Talbot) is a really good penalty-kill guy," Roy said.
He has some scoring touch, too, finding the net 19 times in 2011-12.
"I can bring versatility to the game and I like to play with emotion," Talbot said. "I've heard only good things about Patrick Roy and the new wave."
For Downie, this is a return to the city where he began his career. The Flyers drafted him with the 29th overall pick in 2005, before trading him to Tampa Bay in November 2008.
The physical forward was acquired by the Avalanche in February 2012. He sat out most of last season with a knee injury.
"I'm excited to show Philly what an older Steve Downie looks like," he said. "I play the game hard. I like to play a physical game, crash the net as hard as I can. I play the game on the edge.
"I'm going to bring my energy every night and hopefully help this team win."
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