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Steve Staios retires from NHL, joins Maple Leafs’ front office

Buffalo Sabres v New York Islanders

UNIONDALE, NY - FEBRUARY 04: Steve Staios #24 of the New York Islanders skates against the Buffalo Sabres at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on February 4, 2012 in Uniondale, New York. The Sabres defeated the Islanders 4-3 in the shootout. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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Steve Staios has hung up his skates and moved right on to a new job in hockey.

After 18 seasons in the league, he’s called it a career as a player and joined the Toronto Maple Leafs as a Player Development Advisor. Staios says he’s excited to move on to a new place in his career.

“I am looking forward to doing everything I can to help the team have success. The time is right for me and my family to step away from the game that I love to play and move on to a new chapter in my life. I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to work with Brian Burke and Dave Nonis and learn from their experience and knowledge.”

In Staios’ 18 seasons in the league, he found his way on to just three playoff teams playing in just 33 career postseason games and came within one win of the Stanley Cup with the 2006 Oilers. Staios was forever a serviceable blue liner and played for six different teams in his career (Boston, Vancouver, Atlanta, Edmonton, Calgary, Islanders).