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Oilers Address Toughness Issue

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

For years now, Oilers’ opponents have looked at the pre-game lineup sheet in search of the type of player who might deter those kinds of plays, and they’ve seen an open stretch of highway. Sure, Mike Brown stepped up to fight Weise to a draw, but he stands just five-foot-10 and is a cruiserweight at best. It was an admirable response, but not enough of a deterrent to keep opponents from taking liberties with the Oilers.

But that all changed Monday when the Oilers picked up a nuclear deterrent in Steve MacIntyre, claiming him off waivers from Pittsburgh. MacIntyre played one game for the Penguins last season, racking up 12 penalty minutes. In 91 career games, the six-foot-five, 250-pound winger has four points and 175 PIM, including 17 fights. There’d be more, if more players had the stones to take him on.

As a Calgary Flame, defenceman Robyn Regehr made a nightly ritual of hammering on Ales Hemsky. Hall and Nugent-Hopkins have both had shoulder surgeries early in their careers. Now Gagner has a busted jaw. Why wouldn’t a Weise or an Andrew Alberts make an impression by running a young, small-ish Oilers skill player? The upside for them is big, the downside nonexistent. Not any longer.


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Primis's avatar

BUF thought this too when they brought in John Scott.

How’s that working out for them?

Posted by Primis on 09/23/13 at 03:03 PM ET

Evilpens's avatar

my heavyweight fighting your heavyweight goon does not stop cheapshots

Posted by Evilpens on 09/23/13 at 03:13 PM ET

Hank1974's avatar

Thank-you Evilpens.
It was a 17-game suspension that stopped Cooke from being an idiot. It certainly wasn’t his many fights with various goons. (he actually did quite well in his tilt vs Shawn Thornton after the Savard hit).

Not only that, but I thought hitting was legal in the NHL.
It seems the players are doing a lot to eliminate that aspect from the game.

If guys are using illegal tactics on players, then the NHL needs to step up and stop that.
But if it’s a legal check, then the players receiving them need to toughen up or find ways of not getting hit.

Posted by Hank1974 on 09/23/13 at 03:16 PM ET

Evilpens's avatar

actually .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  Ray Shero & Mario both told him to straighten up or he was gone

Posted by Evilpens on 09/23/13 at 03:56 PM ET

DocF's avatar

This Bozo is just that minus the makeup.  He is a waste of a roster spot.  A guy who can play and can also fight is an asset.  Oafs like McIntyre are less than worthless.  And Evilpens has pinned it.

Posted by DocF from Now: Lynn Haven, FL; was Reidsville, NC on 09/23/13 at 04:12 PM ET

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