Last offseason, Steve Staios was retired, until his agent convinced him to play another year. Steve was signed by the Islanders on September 30, 2012, a transaction date that I think is pretty telling.
A 38 year old Steve Staios came to the club last offseason with little expectation of producing significant point production and moreso with the purpose to provide leadership and give the Islanders some minutes and depth. He basically did that while posting 0 G, 8 A, and a minus-18 rating.
He was relatively reliable in that he played in 65 games for the Islanders, a number which roughly matched the number of games played from the previous two seasons combined. Although on most occasions Staios obviously wasn’t the best player on the ice on a nightly basis, he was not a guy who dogged it or turned in effortless performance.
It’s difficult to quantify the effect Steve’s intangibles had on the team; though I’m sure on a team that made a deep playoff run, we’d all be screaming about, “the stability, guidance, and sage leadership being provided” by Staios. Then again, he wouldn’t be on a team making a deep playoff run.