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Should the Penguins Call Up Steve MacIntyre?

I was mulling over the Penguins’ huge division rivalry game versus the Rangers tonight at Madison Square Garden when a thought popped into my head. Actually, it was more of a question. Should the Pens recall enforcer Steve MacIntyre from Wilkes-Barre for this evening’s contest?

It’s no secret that John Tortorella’s crew likes to play nasty. What’s more, with a lineup packed with bruisers like Stu Bickel (6-4, 207), Brian Boyle (6-7, 244), Brandon Prust (142 PIM), John Scott (6-8, 258), and ex-Pen Mike Rupp (6-5, 230), the Rangers have more than enough muscle to back up their intimidating style.

No team plays harder—or has more “playing” toughness—than the Pens. Sunday’s old-fashioned butt-whupping of Boston was a prime example. Indeed, the black and gold attacked the Bruins with such ferocity that it brought to mind a school of piranha carving up an unfortunate peccary that waded into the wrong Amazonian stream.

Still, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t concerned about the possibility of the aforementioned Rangers trying to make road kill of our guys and, in particular, Sidney Crosby. After all, boys will be boys. And while Arron Asham and Deryk Engelland are always ready, willing and able to answer the bell, I wonder if they’ll be enough to discourage the Rangers.

If there ever was an occasion to call up MacIntyre and plug him into the lineup—front and center—this would be it. He’s earned a reputation, deservedly so, for being one of the most feared heavyweights in hockey. However, given his limited skill set, there’s a downside. If you dress “Big Mac,” you sit a player (perhaps Eric Tangradi) who might make a big play or score a timely goal. Plus, you disrupt the chemistry on the fourth line, which has been downright terrific of late.

Of course, it could be a moot point since MacIntyre currently is serving a four-game suspension in the American Hockey League. But the NHL doesn’t automatically observe AHL suspensions, so I thought I’d pose the question to our PenguinPoop readers. Should the Pens (try to) call up MacIntyre for tonight’s game?

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  1. JJC's Gravatar JJC
    April 4, 2012 at 7:11 pm | Permalink

    Bring up BIG MAC for Sunday’s game Against Flyers

  2. March 15, 2012 at 1:46 pm | Permalink

    Not sure if the NHL will keep him from playing since it was an AHL suspension though.

  3. Art's Gravatar Art
    March 15, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Permalink

    4 game suspension for going nuts Sunday night.

  4. Rick Buker's Gravatar Rick Buker
    March 15, 2012 at 11:12 am | Permalink

    I can’t seem to direct my replies to specific comments (my PC’s a dinosaur) so this will be a reply to all.

    Yes, Joey, you count as a reader, too … 🙂 Good comments, by the way. This is one of those (rare) games when I wish the Pens still had a Rupp or Eric Godard. Asham and Engelland are as tough as they come, but if they have to fight a Rupp or a Scott I’m afraid they’ll be overmatched.

    Phil, I didn’t see the video. But from the accounts I read it sounds like “Big Mac” went absolutely bonkers …

  5. March 15, 2012 at 11:00 am | Permalink

    I believe the Big Mac has been suspended for four games for fighting the entire Falcons team in the AHL. If You get the chance, it is a must see video> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hImezA0nbDU

  6. Joey Wales's Gravatar Joey Wales
    March 15, 2012 at 10:35 am | Permalink

    I gotta agree with 55 On Point. Enforcers like MacIntyre are quickly becoming dinosaurs in the modern league. The tough guys have to be able to contribute in other ways, too, and I don’t think MacIntyre can do that in a one-game stint. The Pens already have the two-way toughness needed to win games (obviously) and whoop up on opponents, so all Mac will do is sit a potential goal scorer and maybe give the Rangers a few PP opportunities they otherwise might not have had. I have faith that our current line-up can get the job done. Oh, and do I count as a reader if I’m also a writer? I have all kinds of opinions! Haha…

  7. 55 on point's Gravatar 55 on point
    March 15, 2012 at 10:09 am | Permalink



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