Pens Sign Sullivan To One-Year Deal

By: Mike Vukovcan

Pittsburgh (KDKA)- Pens GM Ray Shero didn’t waste any time in replacing Jaromir Jagr and Max Talbot.

The Pens have signed veteran forward Steve Sullivan to a one-year deal worth $1.5 million.

“To me, Steve Sullivan is a good fit for us,” Penguins general manager Ray Shero said during a press conference at the CONSOL Energy Center today.

“(Sullivan) is a pretty dynamic player still,” Shero said. “Looking at what we’re trying to do is improve our power play. (Sullivan) is a guy that can potentially help us there. (He’s) a right-hand shot that plays the off side, and can play up high as well. He has really good speed, and a very smart player.”

Sullivan, 36, has spent the past five seasons with the Nashville Predators. The veteran forward appeared in 44 games this past season for Nashville, collecting 10 goals, 12 assists and 22 points.

Sullivan has played in 890 career games with the New Jersey Devils, Toronto Maple Leafs, Chicago Blackhawks and Predators.

Sullivan has always been a good offensive player scoring 266 career goals, 416 assists and 682 points.

A 5-foot-9, 161-pound forward, Sullivan missed the entire 2007-08 season due to a severe back injury.

In other Penguin news, forward Mike Rupp has signed a 3-year, $4.5 million with the NY Rangers.

  • Andy

    Not sure if I’d say they were “replaced”…

  • Mike

    I agree. Replaced maybe not. I hope shero has something more up his sleeve than his arm. Rupp gone too

  • Avg. Joe

    Great, another washout.

  • Brad

    Avg Joe … Is there any pleasing you? What did you want shero to do? There isn’t enough money left to sign a big time free agent. Sullivan has been serviceable over his career and if he can get any kind of scoring touch especially for a right handed shot on the powerplay… It will end up being a very shrewd move.

  • Dave

    I understand that Sullivan is a player comparable to Martin St. Louis, and if that is the case, he will do fine. I also heard that he is good on the power play, which was our biggest weakness this past season. So, hopefully, he does work out and help the Pens. Shero is pretty good at choosing players, and I’d imagine this pick is no different.

  • Paul Steigerwald

    Low risk, high reward. Welcome to Pittsburgh, Steve.

    • Luc Miron

      Yep, I’ve spent a good deal of time watching the Preds play. Mark my words, Steve surrounded by word-class players may be the surprise performer of this year’s free agency pool.

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