Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/22/13
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His tenure lasted just two periods, and at that, it was in the Edmonton Oilers final pre-season game. But now that Steve MacIntyre is set to return from the knee injury that ended his time with the team, the Oilers do not have a roster spot. Not with Luke Gazdic now entrenched on the fourth line. The Oilers had claimed Gazdic after MacIntyre was hurt. “He’s been out for a long time, and we need him to play. Where we’re at right now as a team, with a full lineup, there’s not a place for him to play right now,” said head coach Dallas Eakins. “You run the risk of losing a guy like that on waivers.” If MacIntyre is not claimed, he’ll go the Oklahoma City Barons. “I’m always torn on this. Maybe it’s my past experience as a player,” said Eakins. “I quietly hope somebody picks him up so he can play in the NHL. On the other side, I hope he clears because that’s a guy of high character, a really tough customer we need in our organization as an option. “It wasn’t one over the other. We just couldn’t find him the ice to get him up to speed.” The Oilers had claimed MacIntyre after he had been waived by the Pittsburgh Penguins.
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