PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 18: Steve Sullivan #26 of the Pittsburgh Penguins scores a powerplay goal at 10:55 of the second period against Sergei Bobrovsky #35 of the Philadelphia Flyers the Philadelphia Flyers in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Wells Fargo Center on April 18, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
It is being reported that the Phoenix Coyotes have signed veteran left winger to a 1 year, $1.85 million deal today. Interestingly enough this announcement came a mere hour after ProHockey Talk reported that he wasn't going to be returning to Pittsburgh, although a destination wasn't specified at that time. Steve Sullivan had 17 goals and 31 assists last year with the Penguins, and averaged over 15 minutes per night.
This is the second player that played last season in Pittsburgh that the Coyotes will be playing with, they acquired Zbynek Michalek during the draft.
Recently I wrote about the need to get a high scoring left wing to replace Ray Whitney and Steve Sullivan was on that list, although at the time I was hoping to get someone younger who will be in the system long term, but with many of the Veteran Coyotes like Adrian Aucoin, Taylor Pyatt, and Ray Whitney playing on other teams I see the benefits of Sullivan's experience. That being said Sullivan was the best unrestricted free agent left wing available, I don't consider Zach Parise obtainable for the Coyotes, and we are getting him for a steal and hopefully he can continue to produce.