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A Chance To Add Grit

by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers
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CORAL SPRINGS – The Panthers might have taken another step in adding toughness and depth to the organization Tuesday when they claimed left winger Steve MacIntyre off waivers from Edmonton.
GM Randy Sexton said the hope is MacIntyre will clear waivers Wednesday and then be assigned to the team’s American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate in Rochester, N.Y., to “play himself into game shape.”
The 6-5, 250-pound MacIntyre, who topped 200 penalty minutes in five of his six AHL seasons, is no stranger to the Panthers organization. He was signed as a free agent in July of 2008 but was claimed off waivers by Edmonton two months later when the Panthers attempted to assign him to Rochester.
“We want to play grittier, we want to upgrade the grit and toughness on our team,” said Sexton from the GM meetings in Toronto. “We took a couple steps a few weeks ago with (Victor) Oreskovich and (Kenndal) McArdle. They’ve done a good job. This is just another step in the process.
“We’re building a team that’s capable of holding its own physically with anybody, and it doesn’t happen overnight. It’s a step-by-step process. Steve is a good, physical player.”
Because MacIntyre has only played 26 games since being claimed by the Oilers, “he needs to get playing in Rochester,” Sexton said.
“He has to clear waivers,” he added. “He’ll go down there and play and get himself in game shape and, if and when the times comes that he's needed, he’ll be up.”
McIntyre had two goals in 22 games last season for the Oilers. In four games this season, he was scoreless with seven penalty minutes.

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