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GLENDALE, ARIZONA – Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have signed forward Patrick O’Sullivan to a one-year, two-way contract. As per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
In parts of six NHL seasons with the Los Angeles Kings, Edmonton Oilers, Carolina Hurricanes and Minnesota Wild, the 6-foot-0, 190-pound O’Sullivan has recorded 56-101-157 and 114 penalty minutes in 311 games. O’Sullivan established career highs in goals (22), assists (31), points (53) and games (82) during the 2007-08 season with Los Angeles.
The future is now in Carolina, where the old guard is out, an influx of youth is taking over and everyone is looking to put the injury-plagued woes that ruined things a season ago far, far behind them.
With the retirement of former captain Rod Brind’Amour symbolizing the changing of the guard in Raleigh, which started with Eric Staal succeeding Brind’Amour as team captain in January last season, the process of remolding the club is well underway. The 25-year-old Staal will have some veteran support in his first full year wearing the ‘C’ but Carolina’s heavy reliance on several key youngsters is a make-or-break formula for success this season. If the kids collectively respond to the challenge, the ‘Canes have enough going for them to cause trouble in the Southeast and surprise a lot of people. Some growing pains are sure to be felt, however, in such a transitional year for the franchise and immediate success probably takes a back seat to more long-term achievements.
Avoiding the injury bug has to be high on the list of priorities for a club that holds the unfortunate distinction of hitting the 300 man-games lost to injury milestone a year ago.
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via Bob McKenzie tweet,
UFA winger Patrick O’Sullivan is on verge of signing one year, two-way contract with Carolina Hurricanes.
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
Free agent Patrick O’Sullivan will still be paid about $450,000 US this season and next, even if he doesn’t play anywhere else in 2010-11 after the Edmonton Oilers bought out his contract earlier this summer.
However, the winger is better off than Ryan Potulny, Mike Comrie, Brendan Morrison, Marek Svatos, Ruslan Fedotenko, Jeff Halpern, Miroslav Satan and older forwards Bill Guerin and Owen Nolan, who are also looking for work these days, but aren’t getting paid while they wait for the phone to ring. Indeed, these are tough times for free agents everywhere.
But has O’Sullivan’s stock dropped so far that there’s not one team that will give him $500,000? He’s only 25. He has 149 points in 280 career NHL games.
Granted, he was dreadful last year with the Oilers, with fewer points (34) than his plus-minus rating of minus-35—worst in the NHL.
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So says Mike Milbury speaking about Patrick O’Sullivan of the Edmonton Oilers. Scroll to about the 2:20 mark on the video and David Staples of The Cult of Hockey chimes in…
I thought hockey fans could be tough and nasty in their player critiques on the Oilogosphere, but CBC announcers Mike Milbury and Kelly Hrudey just got as harsh as any anonymous Internet hater. The two CBC announcers thrashed and trashed Oilers forward Patrick O’Sullivan after the first period of the Oilers-Hawks game on Saturday night, bashing him for not going hard after a puck along the boards, evidently so he could avoid body contact with Hawks defender Duncan Keith.
At least that’s how it looked to me, and that’s certainly how it looked to both Hrudey and Milbury. Hrudey started off the hammering, then tagged off and Milbury utterly put the boots to the young Oilers forward.
via Rich Hammond of Inside the Kings,
It appears as though the Kings have reached agreement on a contract with Patrick O’Sullivan.
Rich will be updating his blog soon, so you can keep an eye on it if you wish…
added 6:28pm, According to Rich, the deal is done, three year contract, no $$$ yet.
added 6:30pm, According to Bob McKenzie of TSN,
Sources say it is worth an average of $2.925 million per year but will pay him $4 million in the upcoming season.
from Dan Arritt of the LA Times,
Every day that O’Sullivan is held out of training camp, his conditioning and development suffer, Lombardi said. As a result, it’s more likely that the team’s fourth-leading scorer from last season won’t be at full strength until early next year.
“We’re not giving him a one-year contract because I might have to write off this season,” Lombardi said during practice Thursday morning.
In fact, Lombardi said he won’t offer anything less than a three-year deal. As far as sending the wrong message to other Kings, several of whom will be restricted free agents after this season, Lombardi said he’s trying to avoid that scenario.
From Lisa Dillman at the LA Times,
“I was just chasing after the puck and the defenseman got to it before me and shot it and [it] went directly into my mouth,” said O’Sullivan, who thought that the shot came from defenseman Christian Backman.
“It’s funny. Well, it’s not funny but it’s ironic, almost a year ago to the day I got my other two teeth knocked out” against Colorado.
“Both times I saw it but I just couldn’t move quick enough to do anything about it,” O’Sullivan said. “It’s something about early October that’s not good for my mouth.”
This time, O’Sullivan said he lost three teeth, needed about six stitches and suffered a broken bone below his nose. “These [the teeth] were still in but they were back in my throat almost. It was pretty gross.”
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