Can Steve Sullivan Find His Scoring Touch With Return To New Jersey Devils?
A New Jersey Devils team fighting for its playoff life only made one noteworthy move at the trade deadline on Wednesday, sending a 2014 seventh-round draft pick to the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for veteran forward Steve Sullivan. While the Devils were most interested in the experience Sullivan brings to the team as well as adding some depth, it would be great to see Sullivan start scoring the way he used to.
Sullivan only has five goals and seven assists through 33 games with the Coyotes this season, a bit of a drop-off after scoring 17 goals and adding 31 assists for the Pittsburgh Penguins last season. He played for the Devils from 1995-97 and has also suited up for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Chicago Blackhawks and Nashville Predators in a career that has spanned more than 1000 games. Sullivan has been to the playoffs seven times, but has never had his name engraved on the Stanley Cup. He won the Bill Masterton Trophy in 2009 after returning from a back injury that kept him out of the league for nearly two seasons. He has scored 288 career goals and has 742 career points.
The Devils currently sit seventh in the Eastern Conference standings but will need to fend off the suddenly-hot New York Rangers and New York Islanders the rest of the month. They have lost four straight games, and have seen seven of their last nine games decided by one goal or in the shootout. Sullivan was not in the lineup when the Devils began their game with the Boston Bruins on Thursday night.