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via Pierre LeBrun tweets,
Steve Sullivan has agreed to a one-year deal with the Phoenix Coyotes
Sullivan deal is worth $1.85 million plus bonuses..
“Whenever you get a chance to play with the best player in the world, you have to be excited. I have high expectations and my hopes are big. This could be my best year yet.”
Steve Sullivan of the Pittsburgh Penguins. More from Sullivan by Daniel Perry of the Daily Press.
from Josh Cooper of The Tennessean,
The Nashville Predators will not make an attempt to re-sign soon-to-be unrestricted free agent forward Steve Sullivan.
Sullivan told The Tennessean that he was informed at his year-end meeting with Nashville that the team would opt to go another direction this offseason. Predators General Manager David Poile confirmed his intention to not re-sign Sullivan.
“It’s unfortunate that every good thing comes to an end,” Poile said. “Steve will go down in our history as one of our best and most popular players.”
Today’s three cheers, bestowed upon those who excelled for their clubs in action yesterday:
***Cheers to Nashville’s Steve Sullivan, who had a pair of the three first period goals for his club, en route to a 4-3 Predators win. Sullivan had a chance to complete the rare single stanza hat trick in the waning seconds of the first but was denied on a breakaway by Jaroslav Halak in the St. Louis net.
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from John Glennon of the Tennessean,
When Sullivan suffered his back injury in February 2007, the one that kept him out for almost two years, insurance paid 80 percent of his $3.2 million annual salary. But if Sullivan were ever to injure the back again, insurance would no longer pick up any of the tab.
“It would be an exclusion, because once you have a pre-existing injury, that’s it,” Predators General Manager David Poile. “So if he was ever to go down with the back, insurance is out. If he injured a knee or something else, you could get the insurance. But not if it’s the back.’‘
from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,
On the fateful night of Feb. 22, 2007, Sullivan, during a contest against the Montreal Canadiens, felt every muscle in his back seize up, an ailment that would keep him out of action for almost two years.
At that time:
- Marian Hossa was an Atlanta Thrasher, Scott Gomez a New Jersey Devil, Chris Drury a Buffalo Sabre and Mats Sundin a Toronto Maple Leaf.
- The Nashville goalies were Tomas Vokoun and Chris Mason. Vokoun now is a Florida Panther while Mason plays for the St. Louis Blues.
- Brian Burke was en route to leading the Anaheim Ducks to a Stanley Cup while then-Vancouver Canucks GM David Nonis was being complimented for his off-season acquisition, Roberto Luongo. Today, Burke and Nonis are in charge of rebuilding the bumbling Leafs.
- The Ottawa Senators were on their way to a berth in the final, not scraping the bottom of the NHL barrel.
via John Glennon of the Tennessean,
Predators forward Steve Sullivan told the team he could be ready to discuss target dates for his return to the lineup as early as Monday, barring any setbacks before then.
The topic of timetable had been very much avoided, but Sullivan met Friday with general manager David Poile after practice and gave him the encouraging news.
“He says he’s feeling really good and that he wants to get a couple more full practices in on Sunday and on Monday,’’ Poile said. “Then he wants to sit down with (Coach Barry Trotz) and myself, and if all goes well, be more precise with a timetable of when he may be able to return to play. That was music to my ears to hear he was feeling that way.’’
from Kevin Allen of USA Today,
It’s been 22 months since Nashville Predators forward Steve Sullivan has played an NHL game, and no timetable has been set for his return.
But as his family prepared for the holidays, Sullivan felt like he had already received a gift “because I feel like a hockey player again.”
After two back surgeries and overflowing frustration, Sullivan has been able to skate with teammates and embrace the idea his comeback will be sooner rather than later.
from John Glennon of the Tennessean,
(Steve) Sullivan said he doesn’t want to raise expectations – for himself or for Predators fans – but he was clearly excited to be on the ice with teammates. After slipping a wrist shot past Pekka Rinne, he made sure to grab the puck afterward.
“I hadn’t shot on a goalie in a long time,” Sullivan said. “It was my first goal in two years, so I got the puck.”
Sullivan said he has no timetable about trying to return to full practice, but is simply going on a day-by-day basis. He’ll see how he feels waking up Sunday and decide on how much exercise to do that day.
“I’m not getting overly optimistic or anything,” Sullivan said. “What I was doing out here and what you need to do in an NHL game are two very different things….
from John Glennon of the Tennessean,
Forward Steve Sullivan is making some progress from his back injury but is still not ready to rejoin the team, Trotz said.
Trotz said the Predators are preparing for a season without Sullivan — who hasn’t played since hurting his back in February of 2007 — and will consider his return a bonus.
more Nashville notes, including Barry Trotz fighting pneumonia symptoms…
from Jessica Hopp of the Tennessean,
Sullivan was on the ice for workouts Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. He plans to be back skating today. He said most workouts contain significant breaks so he can remain on the ice as long as possible before succumbing to the exhaustion that comes from being out of skating shape.
“We are still testing how much I can take,” Sullivan said. “It’s more a fatigue factor than a pain factor.”
Still, there is no specific date set for his return to the Predators lineup. Training camp … November … next year … all were thrown out as possibilities for Sullivan, who is under contract with the Predators until the end of next season.
from the Tennessean,
Predators forward Steve Sullivan, barring a medical miracle, will miss the remainder of this season as he continues to rehabilitate from a pair of offseason back surgeries.
Sullivan recently returned from visiting a Seattle specialist, who told him that further rest and rehabilitation was the only cure for the fragmented disc in his back.
The doctor told Sullivan it normally takes six months to a year to recover from the operations, which means Sullivan most likely has several months before he would regain his health.
from the Daily News Journal,
He’s elevated his off-ice workouts without suffering any of the relapses or back spasms that have plagued him for so long.
It may not sound like much, and there’s still no timetable for Sullivan to return, but a player who’s spent his entire hockey career turning doubters into believers is confident he’s in the process of doing it again.
“The last two weeks have been great because every day I’m able to do a little bit more and wake up somewhat pain free, or at least not being worse the next day,” Sullivan said.
“Am I planning on skating next week? No. But on the other hand, am I three months away? I don’t think so. In my mind, I’m finally seeing results, whereas for the first eight months I hadn’t seen any.”