Former Penguins enforcer Eric Godard signed with the Dallas Stars this afternoon and the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight made a corresponding move, agreeing to terms with tough guy Steve MacIntyre.
The importance of this deal is that the Penguins will not have to carry dead weight (enforcer on a 1-way deal who can’t play) like they had to do with Eric Godard for the past couple seasons.
MacIntyre’s contract is a one year two-way deal worth $600,000 at the NHL level.
MacIntyre, 6-foot-5, 250 pounds, spent the 2010-11 season with the Edmonton Oilers, collecting one assist and 93 penalty minutes in 34 games. Both his games played and penalty minute totals were NHL career highs for the 30-year-old forward.
The 2010-11 sesason was MacIntyre’s second tour of duty with Edmonton. MacIntyre broke into the NHL with Edmonton in 2008-09, collecting two goals and 40 penalty minutes in 22 games.
MacIntyre, who hails from Brock, Saskatchewan, has also spent time with the Florida Panthers, notching one assist and 17 penalty minutes in 18 games during the 2009-10 campaign. In parts of three NHL seasons with Edmonton and Florida, MacIntyre has appeared in 78 career games with two goals, two assists, four points and 157 penalty minutes.
MacIntyre was originally signed by the New York Rangers as an undrafted free agent in 2003. He has suited up for the Hartford Wolfpack, Providence Bruins and Rochester Americans at the American Hockey League (AHL) level.
In 126 AHL games, MacIntyre has amassed three goals, nine points and 506 penalty minutes. MacIntyre has added 32 penalty minutes in 11 AHL postseason contests.
MacIntyre split parts of four junior seasons with Saskatoon, Red Deer, Prince Albert and Medicine Hat of the Western Hockey League (WHL) from 1998-2001. He appeared in 127 games during that span, posting totals of four goals, five points and 362 penalty minutes. He added 22 penalty minutes in four postseason games.
Jordy Mercer clubbed a grand slam in the top of the sixth, leading the Pirates (65-61) to a 5-3 win over the Brewers. With runners on second and third with two outs, the Brewers intentionally walked Francisco Cervelli to pitch to Mercer who mad Matt Garza pay for hanging a slider.
The grand slam was Mercer’s 10th home run of the season. The shortstop is on pace for a career high 13 home runs and 63 RBI.
Ryan Vogelsong improved to 3-3 on the season. Vogelsong allowed 4 hits and 2 earned runs over 4 1/3 innings. He struck out 6 and walked 4.
The Pirates with the win trail the Cardinals by 2.5 games for the second wildcard spot.
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