Mar 30, 2012; Buffalo, NY, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins left wing Steve Sullivan (26) during the game against the Buffalo Sabres at the First Niagara Center. Penguins beat the Sabres 5-3. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-US PRESSWIRE
Sullivan played 79 games for the Pittsburgh Penguins last season. He recorded 17 goals and 31 assists. The Coyotes will be Sullivan's sixth team having already played for New Jersey, Toronto, Chicago, Nashville and Pittsburgh.
Sullivan was brought in to replace former Coyotes forward Ray Whitney. Whitney left Phoenix to join the Dallas Stars. Whitney played on the top line at even strength and on the power play for the Coyotes the last two seasons. Sullivan is regarded as a power play specialist having scored 25 percent of his career goals and 29 percent of his career points on the power play. Sullivan scored nearly 44 percent of his points last season on the power play. Sullivan has a total of 71 power play goals and 213 power play points in his 15 year career.
Sullivan should bring a veteran presence to the Coyotes while scoring around 20 goals and being defensively responsible. Sullivan has averaged 18 goals per season (with an average of 62 games played) since the lockout. Sullivan also boasts a +23 rating in that same amount of time.