MacIntyre Brings Size To Oilers

By Joanne Ireland
© The Edmonton Journal 2008

EDMONTON, Alberta – Size is something former Charlotte Checkers defenseman Steve MacIntyre has plenty of and he obviously has a reputation that was enticing enough for the Edmonton Oilers.

That he has not yet played a National Hockey League game matters not at this point.

Cast off by the Florida Panthers, the Oilers picked up the six-foot-six, 265-pound enforcer from the waiver wire and will likely get him into the lineup on Friday when the Oilers take on the Flames in Calgary.

“It’s a bit of a hole we thought we had,” said assistant general manager Kevin Prendergast. “With his size and his background, we just felt it wouldn’t hurt to have a look at him.”

If the Oilers do not keep him on the roster, he will have to go through waivers again, at which point the Panthers would have the first crack at him. If he is left unclaimed, he would be sent to Springfield — where he would join the other fist throwers the Oilers added in the off-season.

MacIntyre, a 28-year-old swing man, signed a free-agent contract with the New York Rangers in 2003 and has been shifting between the American Hockey League and the ECHL since.

Last season he played 62 games with the Providence Bruins, racking up 213 penalty minutes. He did play in Edmonton last Thursday when the Panthers were in town.

“He skated OK,” coach Craig MacTavish said. “The bottom line for us is that we need to be able to protect our skill in a way that we haven’t done the last little while. If you’re going to be a good team, you have to protect the skill.”

© The Edmonton Journal 2008