Toiling for 13 pro teams gives a goalie a long list of past employers to prove wrong. Drew MacIntyre is not angry or bitter at how his nomadic career unfolded (gotta like a guy who puts teddy bears and ponies on his mask to celebrate his kids) but this weekend could provide a chance to make one team regret their treatment. MacIntyre now carving a role on the Leafs’ depth chart with an excellent pre-season thought he had a big break when the Buffalo Sabres wooed him away from the Canadiens’ farm team in Hamilton where he almost put the Bulldogs in the 2011 Calder Cup. “Buffalo told me enough to get me away from there” MacIntyre recalled Friday. “I was called up in Buffalo when Ryan Miller got hit by Milan Lucic and I had a lot of fun. As soon as I got back it was downhill. I didn’t play as well as I could (or allowed in very often). It was a frustrating season.” MacIntyre wouldn’t have dislodged all-star Miller or Jhonas Enroth but could’ve used the extra exposure for work elsewhere. The downward spiral continued last season squeezed from a KHL job in Prague with no spots in the AHL when he returned because of the NHL lockout. The “humbling experience” led MacIntyre to Reading of the East Coast League where the Toronto Marlies finally rescued him. After almost four strong periods with the Leafs including a shootout loss Monday and 40 minutes Thursday when Jonathan Bernier withdrew MacIntyre hopes to face the Sabres there on Saturday or at the ACC on Monday. “It would be cool I played with a lot of them” the 30-year-old said. “I did learn a lot there we had a daughter born there and it was a nice place to live.” The Prince Edward Islander looks like good insurance should something sidetrack Bernier or James Reimer. “I’m happy with how it’s going but know where I’m still at. Eleven years a pro and I have a lot of experience but not a lot up here. The teams I’ve been on I haven’t really had the chance to get called up and when I’ve been up I’ve haven’t had the chance to play.
Maple Leafs' MacIntyre eager to keep proving worth
Toronto Sun | Sep 21