The saddest thing in the world for a professional athlete is staying too long at the fair. I remember Willie Mays playing centerfield for the Mets, I remember Rusty Staub on the basepaths, I remember Chris Chelios playing defense for Detroit. Lots and lots of people are suggesting Steve Staios needs to move along, he’s no longer useful. Has Steve Staios stayed too long at the fair? There are a lot of miles on him, he’s blocked more shots than Manute Bol and he’s lost a step. But is he useful?
- Boxcars: 80gp, 2-12-14 92pims
- Shots: 78
- Plus Minus: -5
- Corsi: -11.6 (5 of 6 among top 6D)
- 5×5/60: 0.68 (worst among top 6D)
- 5×4/60: 0.00
- GF/GA ON: 43-49 (worst among top 6D)
- Quality of competition: 4th toughest among D
- Quality of pairing: dregs
- cap hit (capgeek): 2.7M
- What do these numbers tell us? His offense didn’t change much season over season (Staios was 0.65 at 5×5/60 in 07-08) but that’s not really his value. A season ago (07-08) Staios played tough opposition with little help and finished 53-74 GF/GA ON and was of course worst in that category. His Corsi was about the same (-7.8) as last season too. Steve Staios is still an NHL defenseman, but he has slipped in that he’s still posting negative numbers but now doing it against less than top drawer opposition. Should that happen again this season we might be looking at the end of the line. We shouldn’t be fooled though, sometimes veterans play through injury or find a second life and add several seasons when thought to be close to the end.
- How can these numbers be better? Well, they could pair him with a veteran D and play him against the soft parade. Since that’s unlikely, I’d just say that Steady Steve could use some penalty killing help. Staios played 18% of his total TOI last season shorthanded.
- What about injury? He’s been healthy for two seasons in a row so it’s steady as she goes. He’s no doubt played through injury in those two seasons, though.
- What about a trade? I think he has value and should Edmonton be well out of the playoffs this deadline there’s a chance he’ll be moved. Staios’ contract is too big but a team looking for depth might decide one full season at 2.7M is fine if it means having an extra veteran on the blue for the long playoff run. The best move for the Oilers would be to offload the contract.
- Will Quinn play him against tough opposition? He might try it, in fact Staios might enjoy a new life if paired with one of the marquee defensemen to begin the season. Staios has been mentoring for a long time, who knows what he could do with actual help?
- How Important is Staios to this organization? He’s played over 500 games as an Edmonton Oilers and is the only man who played for the 2006 team still walking the beat on the blueline. He’s been a leader for many years and in that way he’s an important player.
Prediction past 2008-09
- Predicted: 82gp, 2-14-16 (.195 per game)
- Actual: 80gp, 2-12-14 (.175 per game)
Prediction for 2009-10: 75gp, 2-10-12 (.160 per game)