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Steve Staios’ tryout with Islanders went well, signs one-year deal worth $800,000

Sep 30, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

Steve Staios AP

Steve Staios headed to Long Island in training camp on a tryout basis to prove that he can still swing it in the NHL after years in Edmonton and Calgary. What he showed coach Jack Capuano must’ve been impressive because the 38 year-old defenseman was signed to a one-year contract with the Islanders today.

TSN’s Darren Dreger reports that Staios’ contract with the Isles is worth $800,000 with bonuses that could make it worth up to $1.2 million. If the Isles shock the world and win the Stanley Cup, Staios will make $1.6 million.

Staios is a solid guy but dealt with injury problems in Calgary the last two seasons. The Islanders were in need of some veteran depth on the blue line and Staios will fit the bill there as the Isles could use as many reinforcements there as possible. While Mark Streit is the top guy there, the rest of the Isles support on the blue line is a bit more tenuous. Injuries crushed the Isles on defense last year and Staios makes for good insurance this time around.

  1. cerowb - Sep 30, 2011 at 12:16 PM

    Well done! Good on ya, Isles. Solid signing.

  2. bcisleman - Sep 30, 2011 at 1:11 PM

    I assume that this is a one way deal. Good move. I would have claimed Shaone Morrison off waivers as well. The rest of the NYI blueline is tenuous because it has trouble staying healthy–which was Streit’s problem as well. If Streit, Andrew MacDonald, Travis Hamonic, and Milan Jurcina can stay healthy, the NYI should go places this year.

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