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MacIntyre returns to Oilers

DEREK VAN DIEST, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:57 PM ET

Steve MacIntyre figured beggars can’t be choosers and when looking for an NHL job, usually any offer will do.

Regardless, despite being waived by the club last season, MacIntyre wanted to come back to play with the Edmonton Oilers this year and asked his agent to probe the possibility.

As it turns out, the Oilers were interested in bringing him back as well.

“I couldn’t believe it when my agent told me they had offered me a contract,” McIntyre said. “I was so happy that I was going to get a chance to come back and play there. Last year was such a bad year and I was devastated when they waived me. But I’m happy to be back and I’m looking forward to it.”

On Friday, MacIntyre, 29, signed a one-year contract with the Oilers, returning to the club he broke into the league with two seasons ago.

Last year, after barely being utilized, the six-foot-five, 250-pound winger was waived by the Oilers and subsequently picked up by the Florida Panthers.

He spent the majority of the season with the AHL affiliate in Rochester before becoming a free agent this year.

“I’m not going to tell you a story and say that I wasn’t upset with what happened last year,” MacIntyre said. “But (GM) Steve Tambellini was honest with me and I understand that it’s a business, and business is business and there’s nothing you can do about that.

“The way it was, he had to do what was best for the team.”

Fast forward a year later and what’s best for the Oilers is to have an enforcer to help protect some of the high-end talent making its way to town.

He, along with Jim Vandermeer, Colin Fraser and Kurtis Foster bring some much-needed toughness to the Oilers lineup.

“I played with Vandermeer in Red Deer and he’s one tough guy,” said MacIntyre, who also had a spirited bout with the defenceman two seasons ago.

“You look at all those guys they got and I think it’s going to be a fun year.

“I don’t want to put the cart before the horse, I still have to make the team, but I think riding shotgun with all those young kids and having all that toughness in the lineup, it’s going to be a good year.

“I can’t wait.”

derek.vandiest@sunmedia.ca


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