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Oilers send Staios to Flames for Johnson, draft pick

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TSN.ca Staff
3/3/2010 6:25:08 PM
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The dismantling of the Edmonton Oilers continues as they have sent veteran defenceman Steve Staios to the Calgary Flames for defenceman Aaron Johnson and a third round draft pick.

It's the first time that the provincial rivals have ever completed a trade with one another.

"The fact that I'm the first one is something to talk about. For me personally, it's not a big deal," said Staios in a conference call. "I'm a Flame now and I'll have no problem doing what I do once I get the jersey on."

The 36-year old Staios has seven assists and is a minus-19 in 40 games this season.  He has one more season and $2.2 million remaining on his contract, and will bring grit and leadership to a Flames team that has been overhauled this past month.

"Steve's a player that I've liked for a long time obviously and (I've) seen him in that Calgary-Edmonton rivalry lots over the years," Flames general manager Darryl Sutter told the Canadian Press. "Thankfully we get him."

Sutter also told reporters that the Staios trade had been in the works for about a month before finally being completed on Wednesday.

"There's not very many of that type of quality veteran leadership type of defencemen in the market and if they were, we felt that they weren't as good as Steve or they were making a lot more money," said Sutter. "You're talking about a top guy in terms of leadership and that's really important to our team."

Staios has missed 22 games this season with concussion issues.

Meanwhile the 26-year old Johnson has one goal and two assists in 22 games this season.  He is set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

The third round pick is the Flames choice, either this year or next.

Steve Staios (Photo: Gerry Thomas/NHLI via Getty Images)

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(Photo: Gerry Thomas/NHLI via Getty Images)
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