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Report: Steve Sullivan headed to Phoenix

Jul 4, 2012, 11:10 AM EDT

Steve Sullivan

Steve Sullivan‘s long journey through the NHL will include a stop in the desert.

That’s the word out of Phoenix today as the Coyotes have agreed to a one-year, $1.85 million deal with the veteran forward.

Sullivan, who turns 38 on Friday, spent last season in Pittsburgh, scoring 17G-31A-48 points in 79 games while averaging over 15 minutes per night.

Since breaking into the NHL in 1995-96, Sullivan has spent time with the Devils, Maple Leafs, Blackhawks, Predators and Penguins. The Coyotes will be his sixth club, and he’ll be reunited in Phoenix with former Pittsburgh teammate Zbynek Michalek, acquired by ‘Yotes GM Don Maloney at the NHL Entry Draft.

Known as a solid veteran presence that’s good in the room, Sullivan is just the latest “character” guy to leave the Penguins over the last two seasons, as noted by the Tribune-Review’s Josh Yohe. Sullivan follows in the footsteps of Max Talbot (Philadelphia), Arron Asham and Mike Rupp (New York Rangers).

Of note, Sullivan’s $1.85 million salary is a slight bump from the $1.5 he made in Pittsburgh last season.

  1. freneticgarfieldfan - Jul 4, 2012 at 11:22 AM

    “character” guy and “Arron Asham” in the same paragraph – really?

  2. mclovinhockey - Jul 4, 2012 at 11:23 AM

    Usually when you get this old you play for a contender if possible. Jagr, Whitney and Sullivan all chose money over a title shot.

    • freneticgarfieldfan - Jul 4, 2012 at 11:25 AM

      $1.85 million for last year’s 17G-31A-48 points in 79 games looks like a bargain to me

  3. capsrockva - Jul 4, 2012 at 11:40 AM

    phx got to the western conf finals. I’d say they’re a contender

  4. parisepeesonmypenispouch - Jul 4, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    this is just the pens master plan to get patrick kane

    • cindysoupforbrainscrosby - Jul 4, 2012 at 1:19 PM

      pittsburgh loses parise suter and sully today HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  5. heyzeus143 - Jul 4, 2012 at 12:26 PM

    this is pens master plan to do who knows what, Sullivan was essential to their power play, Sid ain’t the same player he was, and geno is a whimp when another team gets physical with him, not liking the direction this team is heading, call me a damn pessimist and I hope I am completely wrong, hell I’m just a fan anyway

  6. hitem396 - Jul 4, 2012 at 12:29 PM

    just one yr? cant believe its so cheap. he deserves to get at least 2yr deal. he is good as that i guess.

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