Deadline day brings blue-liners to Edmonton

The Edmonton Oilers blue-line will have a different look to it for thelast 20 games of the season thanks to two trades made by the NHL clubon trade deadline day.

The Edmonton Oilers blue-line will have a different look to it for the last 20 games of the season thanks to two trades made by the NHL club on trade deadline day.

Steve Staios, signed by the Oilers in 2001, will make the short trip down the QEII to Calgary in exchange for defenceman Aaron Johnson.

“I’m really looking forward to it,” Staios told Rogers Sportsnet after hearing the news.

“I’m obviously very familiar with their team, playing against them as often as we do and I just want to go in there and do my best.”

Johnson, 26, played in 22 games this season for the Flames, recording a goal and two assists with 19 penalty minutes.

Lubomir Visnovsky is the other Oiler blue-liner who will dawn a new jersey for the rest of the season. Visnovsky was traded to the Anaheim Ducks for Olympic silver-medal defenceman Ryan Whitney.

“I’m really looking forward to going there and I think this team can be really good in the future,” Whitney told Rogers Sportsnet. “There are a lot of young players with a lot of upside in a great hockey town.”

The Oilers made a third minor deal, picking up forward Ryan Jones off waivers from the Nashville Predators.

 
 
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