Late last season, the Isles fielded a defense corp that had 739 games of NHL experience. The newest Islander, Steve Staios has 197 games more than that. Staios agreed to terms on a 1-year contract with the team following a training camp tryout. Staios, who is 64 games shy of the 1,000 mark, started his NHL career with the Bruins before playing for Vancouver, Atlanta, Edmonton and Calgary.
Staios, 38, becomes the 2nd-oldest player on the squad. He is about five months younger than Brian Rolston.
Forever1940 is the nom de plume of Eric Hornick, statistician on Islander home telecasts since 1982. Visit my blog: NYISkinny.com and follow me on Twitter @ehornick