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Free Agent Friday: Drew MacIntyre

Twenty-eight year old Drew MacIntyre had an interesting season in his first year with the Buffalo Sabres organization, mostly dressing as a backup for the Amerks. Now, he’s set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1st and his future is uncertain.

Drew MacIntyre | Goaltender | 28 years old | 2011-12 Salary: $525,000

MacIntyre played the backup role in Rochester this season, dressing behind starter David Leggio (who, just for a financial tip, earned the same amount of salary last season). He played just 23 games all year and went a long stretch at the end of the season without playing in a single game, including no games in the Amerks’ postseason.

In the 23 games he did play, he accrued eight wins and allowed 73 goals against.

This was the PEI native’s first season with the Sabres organization after he signed a one-year contract in July 2011, but he’s got a load of AHL experience and a small amount of NHL experience….. but how does he fit in with the Sabres/Amerks goaltending situation?

MacIntyre was originally drafted to the NHL in 2001 by the Detroit Red Wings, 121st overall. He began his AHL career with the Grand Rapids Griffins in 2004-05 and played parts of two seasons there.

After signing with the Vancouver Canucks, he played with their AHL affiliate, the Manitoba Moose, for parts of the next pair of seasons and played 87 games over that stretch. He also made his NHL debute with the Canucks on December 13, 2007.

In July 2008’s free agency, he once again moved – this time, to Nashville, and spent the entire next season with the Milwaukee Admirals, where he played an AHL career-high 55 games. The next offseason, he added more mileage to his history, signing with the Atlanta Thrashers and once again, suiting up in the AHL.

He played all of the ’09-’10 season there and part of the next, before being traded by the Thrashers to the Montreal Canadiens. MacIntyre finished the year with the Hamilton Bulldogs.

Then? He signed that one-year deal with Buffalo…. and here we are again.

Despite his AHL experience, MacIntyre was relegated to the backup role for much of this season in Rochester. With the signing of young goaltender Connor Knapp, many are left wondering if MacIntyre will be re-signed by the Amerks/Sabres, and his history seems to point the compass toward no – particularly if they’re able to re-sign David Leggio.

And even if he was re-signed, where would that leave him? Would he be once again relegated to play back-up next year?

We’ll find out soon enough.

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