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Staios seeking extension

ROBIN BROWNLEE -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 9:50 AM ET

CALGARY -- Deal or no deal?

Steve Staios knows what he'd like to see come out of talks between the Edmonton Oilers and agent Pat Morris this weekend, but he doesn't know which way discussions about a contract extension will go.

Staios, 33, would like to get a contract done by mid-week, but if talks with Morris in the next 48 hours don't result in that, negotiations will be put on the back-burner until after the season -- as is already the case with talks between the Oilers and Ryan Smyth's agent, Don Meehan.

"I'd prefer that if anything is going to get done it gets done quickly," Staios said yesterday.

"It's something I'd rather not think about. Once you get into the season and into the day-to-day routine, you want to think about playing and winning. That's all you really want to think about."

While Morris and Oilers' assistant GM Scott Howson got the paperwork done on a four-year contract extension worth $8 million for Ethan Moreau Friday, getting a deal done for Staios, who'll be an unrestricted free agent July 1, could go either way.

"There could be a fork in the road in the next 48 hours," Morris said yesterday. "We're going to have some dialogue today and tomorrow and there's an opportunity to have some good discussion."

It's not a case of now-or-never where Staios is concerned, but failing to come to terms now means opening the door to other offers if something isn't in ink by July 1.

"It's not a topic I want to talk about throughout the season," Staios said. "I don't think fans want to hear about it during the season. It may get done in the next couple days. If not, I probably won't answer any more questions about it until the end of the season."


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