According to Sportsnet’s John Shannon, Steve Staios, the club’s player development advisor will move down stairs and join Horacheck and assistant coach Steve Spott for Wednesday night’s game against the Washington Capitals.
Leafs' Player Development Advisor Steve Staios will join Coaches Spott and Horacek behind the bench vs Washington.
Staios, 41, has been in his position with the club since July 2012.
Prior to joining the Leafs, Staios appeared in 1,001 NHL games over parts of 16 seasons with the Boston Bruins, Vancouver Canucks, Atlanta Thrashers, Edmonton Oilers, Calgary Flames and New York Islanders. In total the forward registered 56 career goals and 220 points to go along with 1,322 penalty minutes.
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It was another frustrating season for the Isles and their fans. While there were bright spots in the play of John Tavares, P.A. Parenteau, and Travis Hamonic there was frustration in goal as their three-headed monster all dealt with injuries. Rick DiPietro again couldn’t avoid problems while both Evgeni Nabokov and Al Montoya had their issues as well.
Health, a lack of depth, poor defense, and being in a brutal division conspired to bury the Isles at the bottom of the Eastern Conference and Atlantic Division.
The offseason has been typically dramatic as well for the Isles. They acquired Lubomir Visnovsky from Anaheim at the NHL Draft but now he filed a grievance and doesn’t want to go to Long Island. Perhaps GM Garth Snow should’ve offered Columbus more than their entire draft for the second overall pick to really sweeten the pot.
While they lost Parenteau to Colorado via free agency, they’re taking a chance on Boyes unlocking old potential playing with Tavares. Matt Carkner should add enough spice to their rivalry with the Rangers to cause a fuss.
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Steve Staios retires from NHL, joins Maple Leafs’ front office
“I am looking forward to doing everything I can to help the team have success. The time is right for me and my family to step away from the game that I love to play and move on to a new chapter in my life. I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to work with Brian Burke and Dave Nonis and learn from their experience and knowledge.”
In Staios’ 18 seasons in the league, he found his way on to just three playoff teams playing in just 33 career postseason games and came within one win of the Stanley Cup with the 2006 Oilers. Staios was forever a serviceable blue liner and played for six different teams in his career (Boston, Vancouver, Atlanta, Edmonton, Calgary, Islanders).