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Staios day to day

TERRY JONES -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 9:28 AM ET

Not so fast, says Steve Staios.

Internet chat and message boards which have been running rampant with the idea that Steve Staios is going to be gone for the season may now stand down.

"I don't plan to be out for much longer," said the defenceman who had the team's active ironman record going when it was stopped at 224 consecutive games due to a knee injury.

Staios, who had missed eight games going into tonight's tilt against the San Jose Sharks, didn't skate with his Edmonton Oilers' teammates yesterday at Millennium Place in Sherwood Park but intended to take a twirl later in the day and meet with Oilers medical people this morning.

"I'd say it's now day-to-day. I'm going to skate and see in the morning.

"It's been five days since I've been on the ice. I had the days off but I did a lot of other things," he said of working to return from a strained knee.

"I think the all-star break came at a good time for me.

"The pain and the swelling isn't too bad."

Staios said it's been a strange injury because it's difficult to determine exactly the extent of it.

"I just knew it wasn't right. If it feels right when I get out there again, I'm still going to need a doctor's opinion. You don't want to make anything worse."

Staios says injuries are something every player has to deal with but until this year, he hasn't been one of those players. "I think I took for granted how it was to play every day," he said. "It was such a long stretch."

He said it's been difficult not being out there as the Oilers coughed and sputtered going into the all-star break. "It's been pretty frustrating."

The veteran said he's itching to return.

"You want to get back in and make a big difference. In our situation, we need players to step up.

"I think it's crucial for me to get back on the ice and help this team. I have total faith in this team. We can come out of this. We've never done anything easy around here."

SAYING GOODBYE

There is no schedule when it comes to life and death. But the timing of the death of Craig MacTavish's mother made the Edmonton Oilers coach wonder about that.

"Only Marg would pick the all-star break to do this," MacTavish told assistant coach Craig Simpson.

After a lengthy illness, MacTavish's mother Marg died at the age of 71. The coach, thanks to the all-star break, was able to be with her, to say goodbye and to attend the funeral.

"He was able to leave after the last game and had time prior to her death to be with her," said Simpson who along with Charlie Huddy and Billy Moores ran the Oilers' first practice after the all-star break yesterday at Millennium Place in Sherwood Park. "In our business, the game seems to rule over every part of your life and Mac never likes to miss anything with the team. It was like she knew that.''


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