Phoenix Coyotes Ink Steve Sullivan to a 1-Year Deal

Michael JenkinsContributor IIIJuly 5, 2012

Sullivan celebrates after scoring against the Blues.
Sullivan celebrates after scoring against the Blues.Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images

The Phoenix Coyotes made their second splash in free agency today when they signed veteran winger Steve Sullivan to a one-year deal. According to the Arizona Republic, the deal is worth $1.85 million plus potential bonuses.

The 37-year-old Sullivan was an integral part of Pittsburgh's success last season. He played 79 games, recording 17 goals and 31 assists for 48 points with the Penguins. Sullivan also chipped in two goals and four assists for six points during the 2012 playoffs.

Sullivan, a 15-year veteran, brings a good skill set to the Coyotes. He is best-known for his intelligence, speed and selfless play. Over his career, Sullivan has played in 969 games and has amassed 283 goals and 447 assists for 730 points. He has scored 20 or more goals six times in his career, 50 or more points eight times and 70 or more points twice (most recently in 2003-04).

Plan on seeing Sullivan on the power play quite a bit. He collected six goals and 21 points on the Penguins' PP unit last season, and the Coyotes envision him as a potential quarterback for their power play to replace the recently departed Ray Whitney.

Earlier this week, the Coyotes also signed Rob Klinkhammer, Chris Conner and Alexandre Bolduc to one-year, two-way contracts. Terms were not disclosed.

Klinkhammer spent last season with the Ottawa Senators organization. He played in 15 games with the Senators and recorded two assists after spending most of his season in Binghamton (AHL). There, he put up 12 goals and 23 assists for 35 points with 30 PIM.

The 6'3", 214-pound forward also spent a brief period with the Chicago Blackhawks organization, and even played one game for the Hawks in the 2010-11 season.

Conner spent last season with the Detroit Red Wings organization. He skated in eight games with the Red Wings, recording one goal and two assists for three points. He spent most of the season with Grand Rapids (AHL) and amassed 16 goals and 37 assists for 53 points and 22 PIM.

The 5'8", 180-pound Conner has played in 147 career NHL games with Detroit, Pittsburgh and Dallas. In those games, he collected 17 goals and 26 assists for 42 points.

Bolduc skated in two games with the Coyotes last season and recorded two penalty minutes. He also played 23 games for the Coyotes' AHL affiliate in Portland, scoring three goals and 12 assists for 15 points and 30 PIM.

The 6'3", 208-pound forward will have a good chance to make the team this season due to his size and strength. With the loss of forward Taylor Pyatt in free agency, the Coyotes will be looking at players like Bolduc to hopefully come in and make a difference in training camp.

The Coyotes also said goodbye to Taylor Pyatt, who signed a two-year, $3.1 million deal with the New York Rangers yesterday.