Steve MacIntyre wasn’t brought to Edmonton to score 20 goals a season, that’s just not his bag, baby.
Rather, Big Mac was brought in to regulate, liberate, youth irate and and a whole bunch of other words from an INXS tune.
He makes bank on his pugilistic prowess.
He Is Big Mac.
NAME: Steve MacIntyre
DOB: 08-AUG-1980 (30)
SWEATER NUMBER: 33
NUMBERS – 0-1-1, 93 PIM in 34 GP
2010-11 SALARY: $500,000, will be UFA on July 1st, 2011
On his second tour of duty with the Oilers, Steve MacIntyre is on the club for his effective capabilities as an enforcer. Big Mac won’t be dazzling you with his breakaway speed, and he’s not likely to captivate you with his dangling abilities in front of an unsuspecting defender.
Mac is here for the party. While he’s here for the party, he’s here to dance.
Remember that game? 4-0 over the Flames? Jordan Eberle’s gonzo bicycle goal? Nothing was going to stop us. Not even the Red Wings for one game.
ROOM FOR TWO
MacIntyre’s time on the Oilers is a tenuous thing. There’s simply no room for both he and JF Jacques on this squad. I’d venture to say that Jacques is a little better off with the puck than MacIntyre, but one of these guys has to be in the minors, as having two similarly skilled guys on the same line (much less the same team) doesn’t appear to be helping the immediate fortune of a club that likes to win once in a while.
There are times when a guy of Mac’s calibre is needed. I’m fully aware that sometimes you need to send a message to a wiseguy or you need a guy out on the ice to protect one of your elites. A guy like MacIntyre is good to have in those circumstances. I just don’t know if having him on the ice for three minutes (or less) is a good enough reason to have him (and Jacques) dressed for the evening.
WHAT COULD BE
If both Jacques and MacIntyre are with the club when training camp comes, they’ll likely be fighting (no pun intended) for one open roster spot on the 4th line. If Jacques is on the big club next year, expect to see Mac either in OKC or elsewhere. The same can be said if Mac suits up for the Oil drop in October.
If Mac is on the Oilers next year, expect around 40 games, 1-3-4 with two handfuls of fighting majors.
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