Steve Staios' "Heavy Lifting", Volume 3 - (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jimmy Jeong)

Happy Trails, Steve Staios!

Steady Steve has called it a career.

The Hamiltonian defender spent parts of his career with six different NHL clubs.  If you’re reading this, you’ll likely remember him from his time spent with the Oilers from 2001-2010.

Staios was acquired as an unrestricted free agent back in 2001.  Staios’ picture likely wasn’t plastered on anyone’s wall, and he wasn’t going to win an NHL shooting competition.  Steve Staios was a fixture on the Oiler blue that could fill in nearly any situation.  If the opportunity arose, Staios wouldn’t shy away from lowering the shoulder, and he surely wouldn’t turn down a scrap.

Oiler fans surely will remember his presence on the 2005-06 team, if for more reason than one.  Staios finished with 28 points in the regular season, but took a fairly memorable penalty that eventually ended up with Fernando Pisani scoring a memorable tally.  An unlikely outcome, yet it all worked out. At least, in game five.

Staios became the first player to be traded from Edmonton to Calgary, as he was part of a deal that saw Aaron Johnson going to the Oilers in 2010.  Staios played parts of two seasons in Calgary before signing a one year deal with the Islanders in 2011.

By now, you’ve heard me griping about how the Oilers need one more NHL defenceman.  A 2005 era Steve Staios is the guy I’m looking for.  The prospective candidate won’t have to score 40 points, he won’t win a scoring title, and he won’t melt the paint off the boards with his speed.   I’m just looking for a steady, no-nonsense defenceman who will help look after the kids.  One who won’t be a liability in his own zone.  One who has NHL experience.  One who I’m not afraid to match against top competition.  One who can PK, or appear on the power play without me worrying too much.

Steve Staios is reported to be joining the Leafs in an advisory position.

All the best, Steve.

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