If you were a couple of newly signed tough guys with the Edmonton Oilers, and you wanted to make a good impression in the home opener, who is the ONE dude in the entire league you wouldn’t want in the opposing lineup?
Well, he’ll likely be there.
“I already have it circled on my calendar, it’s the first thing I looked up,” said former Oiler and current NHL heavyweight champion Steve MacIntyre, who signed a one-year contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The Pens visit Edmonton in the season opener Oct. 9 and if MacIntyre makes the team out of camp, he’ll be there with gloves on (and probably off, too).
“It’s going to be fun,” he said. “I already told (head coach) Dan Bylsma, ‘If I’m with you guys I would sure like to play in that game.’”
As for Darcy Hordichuk and Ben Eager, the two July 1 additions who essentially spelled the end of MacIntyre’s tenure in Edmonton …
“They better put their mouth guards in and cinch their helmets down,” said Big Mac. “I can’t wait, I cannot wait for that one.”
He’s half joking. Sort of. Maybe. Hard to tell.
“I’m not going to run around and be a donkey,” he said. “But those two guys, especially … they took my job and I don’t take too kindly to that.”