The latest on Steve Staios and Steve Begin.
CALGARY HERALD: John Downs reports former Flame and Oiler defenseman Steve Staios is hoping to land a job with the New York Islanders for the upcoming season. The 38-year-old is in Isles training camp on a tryout basis, and seen action in three preseason games, but hasn’t received a contract offer yet.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Downs observed the Isles have given Staios plenty of icetime in those games, giving him a good look. They could use an experienced defensive blueliner who could mentor their younger defensemen, so it’s possible Staios might fit the bill for this season.
CANOE.CA: reports UFA forward Steve Begin was among the recent cuts by the Vancouver Canucks, but isn’t making any retirement plans just yet. He’ll act as an analyst and will have hip surgery, after which he said he’ll see what happens. He also ruled out playing in Europe.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s unlikely Begin will get signed this season, but he might be able to try out for a spot with an NHL team next season.