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Steve MacIntyre Back With Cats; To Rochester If Clears ... Ville Koistinen Back on D

Mcintyre2 The Panthers picked up a little grit off the waiver wire today, bringing winger Steve MacIntyre back into the organization.

McIntyre was waived by the Panthers during the 2008-09 training camp so he could clear and go to Rochester. Well, the Oilers picked him up. He was waived by Edmonton and the Panthers got him back.

And now they are waiving him again. So he can go to Rochester. Get it?

So, McIntyre could be with the Panthers organization later this week or someone else could pick him up. We'll see. Regardless, GM Randy Sexton said the organization is trying to add ''grit'' and thinks with Victor Oreskovich, that's a move in the right direction. And this one is to.

Sexton says McIntyre hasn't played much and isn't in playing shape. He'll get plenty of opportunity in Rochester. ''We're going to get him some playing time,'' Sexton said.

McIntyre played four games with the Oil this season.

-- Everyone but David Booth was on the ice today in Coral Springs for a Pete DeBoer marathon practice. Team went more than 90 minutes. It wasn't a punishment, although. With the team's schedule about to ramp up, they won't have many real practice days for a while. So he was getting them some work in.

-- Pete says the Ville Koistinen experiment at forward is pretty much done, unless Sexton imposes a 20-man roster and sends back guys like Oreskovich or Kenndal McArdle. Pete again said that Koistinen is a natural defenseman and needs to show the Panthers what he can do there.