The Edmonton Oilers have signed defenceman Steve Staios to a four-year contract extension that will run through the 2010-11 season.
Oilers General Manager Kevin Lowe says, "Steve exemplifies what it means to be an Edmonton Oiler and we couldnt be happier with this long-term extension. He is one of those players who leads by example and will do everything it takes to accomplish the task at hand."View Staios' bio and career statistics
Staios has scored a goal and eight assists in 20 games for the Oilers this season and is tied for the scoring lead among Edmonton defencemen with Daniel Tjarnqvist. The 61", 200-pound native of Hamilton, Ontario leads the Oilers in penalty minutes (50), blocked shots (55) and is second in hits (22), plus/minus (+4) and ice time, averaging 21:44 minutes per game. His 55 blocked shots ranks him fifth in the NHL.Listen to comments by Steve Staios on the contract extension
The 33-year-old defenceman joined the Oilers as a free agent on July 12, 2001 and has scored 25-76-101 with 424 penalty minutes in 333 career games with Edmonton. He scored his 100th career Oilers point with a powerplay assist at Colorado on November 13th.
Staios enters tonights game versus the Calgary Flames with a streak of 223 consecutive games played dating back to January 11, 2003.