Steve Staios, Islanders agree to deal

Updated: September 30, 2011, 6:16 PM ET
By Katie Strang | ESPNNewYork.com

The New York Islanders have agreed with defenseman Steve Staios on a one-year contract, the team announced Friday. According to a source, the deal is worth $800,000.

The 38-year-old veteran, who played 39 games for the Calgary Flames last season, came to Islanders camp on a tryout and played well enough to earn a spot on the roster.

"I knew I wasn't just dipping my toe in to feel around," Staios said. "I was confident in myself that I could come in and be helpful with [the defense]."

Staios said he had interest from other teams but liked what he heard after talking on the phone with Islanders coach Jack Capuano.

"He said it was a legitimate opportunity here and I could hear the enthusiasm in his voice," Staios said. "You could tell he really cares about this team."

Staios, who will likely be paired with Mark Streit Friday against the Devils, adds some depth and experience to the Islanders' back end.

"He's a great leader in the room," said coach Jack Capuano. "Fearless, really good on the [penalty kill], but most of all his leadership and quality of character."

Having that veteran presence on the blue line also comes in handy for the Islanders in the wake of a recent injury to Milan Jurcina (groin).

The Islanders are also being cautious with defenseman Andrew MacDonald, who had season-ending hip surgery in March. However, MacDonald is expected to play Saturday.

Staios has played in 936 NHL games for the Flames, Edmonton Oilers, Atlanta Thrashers, Vancouver Canucks and Boston Bruins.

Staios has 56 goals and 156 assists in his career.

Katie Strang covers the Islanders for ESPNNewYork.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

Katie Strang covers the NHL for ESPN.com. She is a graduate of Michigan State University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
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