NEWS

Sullivan: 'Glad to be going back to where it all began'

Wednesday, 04.3.2013 / 5:17 PM ET / News
By Eric Marin
X
Share with your Friends


Sullivan: \'Glad to be going back to where it all began\'

Steve Sullivan is coming back to New Jersey.

The Devils announced Wednesday they had acquired the veteran forward from Phoenix in exchange for a seventh-round pick in 2014.

"It was a shock," Sullivan told Newjerseydevils.com. "I really didn't see it coming, but it's a great opportunity. I'm glad to be going back to where it all began."

Sullivan, 38, has five goals, including two on the power play, and seven assists in 33 games this season. Now he prepares for a second tour with the club that drafted him 233rd overall in 1994.

He would be the 24th player to be reacquired and see action with the Devils.

"I wasn't sure exactly what the [Coyotes] were going to do or what role I would be in or what direction the team was going to go," Sullivan said. "I was pleasantly surprised to hear that it was New Jersey, if I was going to go anywhere. It's definitely a first-class organization that I had a hard time leaving the first time many years ago, but I'm glad to be returning."

A veteran of 1,002 NHL games, Sullivan debuted in February 1996 and spent parts of his first two NHL seasons in New Jersey. In February 1997, the Devils dealt him to Toronto along with Jason Smith and the rights to Alyn McCauley for Doug Gilmour, Dave Ellett and a third round pick in 1999.

Sullivan has collected 288 goals and 454 assists in a career that's included stops in Chicago, Nashville and Pittsburgh, where he posted six points (2g-4a) in six playoff games last season.

He departs 12th-place Phoenix and jumps right into the Eastern Conference playoff hunt.

"That's going to be great," he said. "Obviously, as hockey players, our goal is to play for the Stanley Cup, and to do so, you have to get into the playoffs. Getting right back into the thick of things of a playoff race is definitely going to be refreshing for myself. I just look forward to hopefully getting another chance at playing for the Cup."

As of Wednesday afternoon, Sullivan had yet to speak to the Devils coaching staff about his role, but said he's ready for anything.

"I'm just going to go in with an open mind. Hopefully I can help in some capacity, and wherever they want me to fill in, I'll be glad to do so," he said.

Follow the Devils Communications Dept. on Twitter @NHLDevilsPR

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Henrique 75 16 27 -6 43
M. Cammalleri 68 27 15 2 42
P. Elias 69 13 21 -20 34
S. Gomez 58 7 27 -10 34
S. Bernier 67 16 16 2 32
T. Zajac 74 11 14 -3 25
A. Larsson 64 3 21 2 24
A. Greene 82 3 19 1 22
E. Gelinas 61 6 13 -2 19
M. Ryder 47 6 13 -1 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 26 31 9 .925 2.26
K. Kinkaid 6 5 4 .915 2.59