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Staios to stay or go?

ROBIN BROWNLEE -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 11:35 AM ET

As is often the case, it's down to money.

Talks between the Edmonton Oilers and defenceman Steve Staios about a contract extension continue, with both sides being agreeable to a term of three or four years.

What the sides haven't agreed on is how much money it'll take to keep the 33-year-old blue-liner in the fold. The sides are close enough, however, that the Oilers and agent Pat Morris will continue to chip away at the difference this weekend.

"We're inching along," Morris said yesterday. "It's economic differences."

Morris indicated a week ago talks would be put off until the off-season if a deal couldn't be done within 48 hours to avoid negotiations becoming a distraction, but the back-and-forth continues.

"I think a week ago I said 48 hours and I'll say the same thing again," he said.

Oilers GM Kevin Lowe, at least for now, isn't putting a timeline on getting a deal done or breaking talks off.

"I don't like putting deadlines on it," he said. "It's important enough and you want to give it the right amount of time. You don't want it to be a distraction for the player.

"Usually an agent will put a deadline or a team will put a deadline. Occasionally, that happens. In this case, I don't see a need for it. At some point, it will get to that."


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