Maloney Strikes Again; Signs Steve Sullivan

By Jaime Eisner

The Phoenix Coyotes signed former Pittsburgh Penguins forward Steve Sullivan to a 1-year $2.6 million contract on Wednesday.

Sullivan scored 17 goals and tallied 31 assists for 48 points last season. The Coyotes will be Sullivan’s sixth NHL team having also played for New Jersey, Toronto, Chicago, Nashville, and Pittsburgh. Sullivan turns 38 on Friday.

The Coyotes gained some much needed offense with the Sullivan signing. Sullivan has scored at least 20 goals eight of his 15 NHL seasons and at least 30 goals twice.

Sullivan helps ease the pain of losing Ray Whitney and could see time on the top line with Martin Hanzal and Radim Vrbata. He may fit better on the second line with Mikkel Boedker and Antoine Vermette if Shane Doan signs elsewhere.

Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney got a steal in signing Sullivan. Similar players have signed for significantly more money. Jiri Hudler (25-25-50) signed with the Calgary Flames for $4 million per year and Jaromir Jagr (19-35-54) signed with the Dallas Stars for $4.55 million per year. Maloney always finds a way to get great deals and he just got another one. Sullivan can be a 20 goal scorer that is solid defensively, and fits in well in Dave Tippett’s system.

NOTES: Coyotes forward Brett MacLean suffered a “cardiac emergency” on Monday and received CPR at the scene. The latest word is that MacLean is conscious and in stable condition. The following is the official statement by the Phoenix Coyotes: “Brett was playing hockey [on Monday] in Owen Sound, Ontario when he suffered a medical emergency,” said Maloney. “Brett received CPR on site and was taken to a local hospital by ambulance where he was treated. He was then transported via an air ambulance to Knight University Hospital inL ondon, Ontario where he was admitted to the cardiac ICU. Our thoughts and prayers are with Brett and his family. We request that everyone please respect their privacy at this time. We will provide an update on Brett’s status when information is available.”

After Ryan Suter and Zach Parise signed with the Minnesota Wild, Coyotes defenseman Keith Yandle has become a hot commodity on the trade market.

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