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A first time for everything

DEREK VAN DIEST, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:56 AM ET

It's the first time the Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames have been involved in an NHL trade.

Having been indoctrinated to hate everything Calgary since arriving in Edmonton back in 2001, defenceman Steve Staios admits heading south and putting on a Flames' jersey will be different.

"I think it'll be awkward for a couple of minutes, but once you put your jersey on and get reacquainted with your teammates, it'll be fine," Staios said. "I feel like I'm going into a good situation with a very good team and great leadership, so I'm thrilled for that opportunity."

Staios's best days with the Oilers came during the Stanley Cup run in 2006. His departure leaves just Shawn Horcoff, Ethan Moreau, Fernando Pisani and Ales Hemsky as the core members of the team that lost in Game 7 of the final to the Carolina Hurricanes.

"Playing in the Stanley Cup final, you wish that we could have had more success," Staios said. "You want more of that, that was thrilling the way the city got behind us, that was the most enduring moment. But beyond that, overall to be able to play in Edmonton in front of those fans in such a great organization as the Oilers, looking back, I think I'm going to realize how fortunate I've been."


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