I don't want to debate whether Star Jones is sexier than Joan Rivers.
I don't have an issue with Staois, he's a capable depth defenseman. I'm still waiting for an upgrade though. Staois is replacing Martinek - that's a downgrade any way you care to measure.
I'm going to enjoy the team regardless, because there are a lot of players I like, that will improve this year.
But it's looking like another tough year for this team.
Staios vs Martinek- Martinek is the better skater and puck mover but Staios is the better shot blocker and body checker. Islanders lack players like Staios(Physical D-man who can fight/play mean). Hence Martinek was not re-signed and Staios was. At this point in time Staios is a little better fit for the Islanders than Martinek is.
Nice to see Staios signed. He really eraned it. I think he's a big upgrade over Mottau and Eaton.
A big upgrade? I'm enthusiastic and am happy to have him on the team but I don't know. He's a veteran and a good guy to have around but he'll be injured throughout the year and isn't going to be beating many young forwards to the puck anymore. Depth it is, improvement it is not.