|Steve MacIntyre (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jeff McIntosh) |
SUNRISE – The Panthers will have a different look to their lineup tonight against the Rangers at BankAtlantic Center with the addition of recently-acquired Steve MacIntyre.
MacIntyre, all 6-5, 260-pounds of him, has been called up from the team’s American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate in Rochester for tonight’s game. Claimed off waivers Nov. 10 from Edmonton, MacIntyre has played in two games with the Amerks. He has no points and 13 penalty minutes.
“You’ve got a couple physical teams (coming to town),” said Panthers coach Pete DeBoer of tonight’s matchup against the Rangers and Friday’s game against the Maple Leafs. “With the Rangers injuries, they’re dressing (Donald) Brashear and (Aaron) Voros and (Sean) Avery and those types of guys every night. And we know the Leafs lineup. If there’s a stretch (of games) to get (MacIntyre) in here for a couple games, this is it.”
MacIntyre, who was signed by the Panthers originally in July of 2008 but claimed off waivers by the Oilers two months later, has played in only 26 NHL games in little over a year in Edmonton. Since being acquired, “he’s been getting himself in shape (in Rochester),” DeBoer said. MacIntyre was due to arrive Wednesday afternoon in South Florida.
When acquiring MacIntyre, GM Randy Sexton said; “We’re building a team that’s capable of holding its own physically with anybody. Steve is a good, physical player.”
With MacIntyre up from Rochester, DeBoer will dress Shawn Matthias
and make Ville Koistinen the healthy scratch tonight. The Panthers are 5-0-2 in their last seven games and 8-2-2 in their last 12.
Koistinen, who has a goal and three assists in 17 contests this season was placed on waivers at noon today. NOTE
Forward Gregory Campbell (upper body injury) will miss his third game this evening, but he said Wednesday morning he hopes to play Friday against the Maple Leafs…The Rangers, coming off Monday’s 7-4 victory against Columbus, did not skate Wednesday morning…