Penguins Lose Sullivan
According to Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazatte, via Twitter, former Penguin veteran winger has signed a one-year contract with the Phoenix Coyotes.
The deal is reportedly worth $1.85 million, a slight raise over the $1.5 million he made in Pittsburgh.
Sullivan, a small, but talented forward brought an expertise to the Penguins’ power play that helped revitalize a group that had sunk to the bottom half of the NHL.
While he is far from the player he once was, his durability surprisingly was strong, and his experience proved invaluable throughout the season.
Sullivan reportedly was viewed as a backup plan for Penguins general manager Ray Shero if he failed to land free agent Zach Parise — a possibility that seems to be growing more probable by the minute.
With time dragging on, Sullivan’s camp felt a necessity to make something happen, which prompted the veteran to explore options outside of Pittsburgh.
Nothing but a class act during his one year with the Penguins, Sullivan surely will fit in well filling the veteran void left in Phoenix when winger Ray Whitney departed for Dallas earlier this week.
Sullivan will join former Penguin teammate Zbynek Michalek, who was traded to the Coyotes following the first round of the NHL Entry Draft.