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Preseason Notes as New York Islanders Sign Steve Staios

It's official: The New York Islanders have signed Steve Staios to a one-year contract, which ESPN's Katie Strang reports is for $800,000 and TSN's Darren Dreger reports includes potential bonuses that could push it to $1.2 million -- even $1.6 million "if" the Islanders win the Stanley Cup. [Earlier FanShot discussion here] [Update: Expanded official site write-up here.]

Staios has been a solid defenseman in the NHL before but at age 38 has not been a very good one lately. That said, the Islanders invited him in for a training camp tryout and at least from eyeballing him, he delivered the PK and yeoman's work you'd expect from a veteran depth defenseman whose career hung in the balance.

The risk with signing someone with that kind of mileage and recent injury/performance history is that the performance that earned him a contract in training camp is not likely to be the performance a 38-year-old body will allow during the grind of an NHL season.

However, the payoff is cheap, waivable depth when the Islanders already have some injury concerns (four blueliners returning from significant injuries) and a bevy of promising but not necessarily ready prospects who would be better served in Bridgeport. If he does (re)decline, I just hope they recognize it quickly and react accordingly.

Other news and the bubble-rific roster for tonight's game in New Jersey:


Lineup Tonight


Comeau, Reasoner, Niederreiter,
Pandolfo, Bailey, Parenteau,
Martin, Strome, Wallace
Gillies, Frischmon, Haley

Defensemen: Streit, Staios, Ness, Eaton, Donovan, Mottau

Goaltenders: DiPietro, Poulin

That's from the official site. But Newsday's Arthur Staple also discusses the lines here.

That is not exactly the B lineup and it's not exactly the A lineup. Curious mix of both. Nino Niederreiter, having seen some time with first-liners, now appears to get a look with bottom-sixers. Noted.

One interesting name from that group is in the links below: Aaron Ness has had a good camp.


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