Steve MacIntyre on Waivers

Jonathan Willis
November 09 2009 11:35AM

To the surprise of absolutely nobody, the Edmonton Oilers have put Steve MacIntyre on waivers.

MacIntyre, who bounced around the minors for years (as recently as 2006-07 he was playing for the Quad City Mallards of the United Hockey League) was claimed off waivers by the Oilers at the start of the 2008-09 season. Florida had signed him to provide a physical presence for their AHL team, but with so many small players on the roster the Oilers felt the need to add a so-called ‘nuclear deterrent’ to their team. MacIntyre got into 22 games (Craig MacTavish used him sparingly, and injury was a factor) but spent the entire season earning a big league paycheck and seemed to be genuinely well-liked by fans.

Unfortunately for MacIntyre, when the Oilers axed MacTavish and brought in Pat Quinn, they effectively ended his time with the team. In an interview with CBC’s The Hour this summer, Quinn was asked how he felt about sending a guy out to beat someone up. His answer:

I’ve never liked that. I’ve always said, in my mind, I’ll keep you on the bench if you learn how to play - I won’t keep you on the bench – but you’ll be a part of my team if you can learn how to play.

He’s stuck true to that, and with all due respect to MacIntyre (who has worked his way up the hockey food chain in the most difficult possible way), he doesn’t have the necessary ability to play a regular shift, and as a result Quinn has refused to use him. Bruce McCurdy detailed the extent of that a few days ago:

On four occasions that Pat Quinn has had no choice but to dress every healthy body on the roster, MacIntyre has played 2:44, 0:51, 1:19, and 1:24. Twelve shifts in all, for 6:18 of total ice time.

Bottom line: MacIntyre wasn’t being used, and with the team battling injuries and the flu, it made no sense to keep him on the roster. Also, possibly of interest to the Oilers – Buffalo’s Adam Mair is on waivers. Mair played briefly for Quinn in Toronto before being dealt to Los Angeles, but he’s come a long ways as a player since then. Might the Oilers be interested?

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Jonathan Willis is Managing Editor of the Nation Network. He also currently writes for the Edmonton Journal's Cult of Hockey, Grantland, and Hockey Prospectus. His work has appeared at theScore, ESPN and Puck Daddy. He was previously founder and managing editor of Copper & Blue. Contact him at jonathan (dot) willis (at) live (dot) ca.
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#151 Ogden Brother Jr. - Team Strudwick for coach
November 10 2009, 12:16PM
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RossCreekNation wrote:

I don't think there is a point (unless you mean recallable waivers, in which case I'm not certain; GREGOR?).

For example, does Randy Jones HAVE to stay with LA, or could they trade him (at half price). I'd think he probably has to stay, but not sure.

As for MacIntyre, he doesn't HAVE to stay on the Panthers roster... they'd just have to waive him to send him down. If no one claimed him, he'd be headed for Rochester (IIRC).

Pretty sure that it lasts for the whole year.

Jones and Macintyre both can't be sent to the minors or traded until they clear waivers.

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#152 Dan the Man
November 10 2009, 12:18PM
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How come no one is calling out Penner? How long has it been since that guy had a 5 point night?

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#153 Oil Kings 'n' Pretty Things
November 10 2009, 12:19PM
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@Dan the Man

I've been calling him out for not having 5-point nights since long before he had his 5-point night. I saw this coming a long time ago.

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#154 Ogden Brother Jr. - Team Strudwick for coach
November 10 2009, 12:21PM
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Dan the Man wrote:

Tonights lines as per Sportsnet...

Penner-Gagner-O'Sullivan

Comrie-Brule-O'Marra

Reddox-Potulny-Pisani

Moreau-Coglaino-Stortini

Grebeshkov-Staios

Strudwick-Gilbert

Smid-Visnovsky

Deslauriers

Why not, why should Cogliano get time over the AHL callups?

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#155 Dominoiler
November 10 2009, 02:54PM
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Good Call, Dan the Man...

It is brutal that cogs continues to slug it on the fourth with Marra on the 2nd ... wow... guess that's what he gets for insisting he is a centre?

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