Oilers ship Staios to Calgary

The Edmonton Oilers have traded defenceman Steve Staios to the Calgary Flames. (Darryl Dyck/QMI...

The Edmonton Oilers have traded defenceman Steve Staios to the Calgary Flames. (Darryl Dyck/QMI Agency)

STEVE MACFARLANE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:24 PM ET

History in the making.

Forget the fact the 26 deals and counting were a deadline-day record — although no massive moves were made — more memorable is the fact the Calgary Flames and the Edmonton Oilers made a trade for the first time in the teams' NHL histories.

Nearly an hour after the deadline passed Wednesday afternoon, news came down defenceman Staios was heading from Edmonton to Calgary in exchange for a third-round draft pick and blueliner Aaron Johnson.

The 36-year-old Staios has one more year remaining on his contract, which carries a $2.7-million cap hit.

The solid stay-at-home defenceman provides some of the toughness the Flames lost by dealing Dion Phaneuf to the Toronto Maple Leafs Jan. 31.

Staios has seven assists in 40 games for the Oilers this season to go with 59 penalty minutes and a minus-19 rating.

In 879 career games, Staios has 52 goals, 199 points and 1,229 penalty minutes. The Flames become his fifth team after breaking in with the Boston Bruins and playing with the Vancouver Canucks, the Atlanta Thrashers and the Oilers. He captained the Thrashers during a short two-year term with the club.

Johnson, a 6-foot-2, 211-lb, d-man, played in just 22 games for the Flames this season, collecting one goal, three points and 19 penalty minutes.


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