SUN Hockey Pool

Two more for the show

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:48 AM ET

One of the smaller and less physical teams in the league, Edmonton acquired a couple of big wingers this week.

Actually, they've already had them for a while, but couldn't use them.

Steve MacIntyre has been on the shelf for two months with a broken orbital bone and J.F. Jacques hasn't played in almost a year because of a back injury.

But Jacques, cleared on Wednesday to practice with the team, will be back in the mix shortly and MacIntyre is ready to go right now.

"He looks all right,"head coach Craig MacTavish said of MacIntyre, who shed the visor he'd been wearing in practice. "He's skating well and he's available when we need him. It probably won't be (tonight against San Jose)but I haven't made that decision yet."

It's been a long wait for MacIntyre, but an even longer one for Jacques, who injured his back in a minor-league fight on Jan. 21, 2008 and had surgery last September.

"I feel really good, I had a little bit of contact in the morning practice and it reacted well," he said. "It's probably a matter of a couple of weeks of practising and hopefully I'll be ready to play.

"I want to get in as many practices as I can. The conditioning is getting close to what it was before, I just need to work on my feet, get into the game shape I was in before, or better."

He'll begin his comeback in the minors.

"By the end of January it's going to be a year (since he last played), so a trip to the minors will be good for me."

Hockey, in general, he says, will be good for him.

"In the summer it was really a roller-coaster ride," he said. "I didn't know if I was going to play again this year or if I needed surgery.

"The last three months (after the herniated disc was repaired) have been really good because I knew it was going to get better."


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