In a shocking turn of events, New Jersey Devils GM Lou Lamoriello made only a minor move at the trade deadline.. acquiring ex-Devil Steve Sullivan.
If you missed the hint of sarcasm in the line above, allow me to inform you that there was sarcasm up there.
I’m assuming the asking price for Scott Gomez was too high, and re-acquiring Johnny Oduya would have cost a fortune.
Sure, there were some other guys available at the deadline, but most were not former Devils, so what’s the point?
Anyway, here’s a little bit about Steve Sullivan, and what we can expect:
Sullivan is 5’9″, 165 pounds. He is 38 years old, and plays wing.
He was drafted in the 9th round (233rd overall) by the Devils in the 1994 NHL Draft.
He made his NHL debut with the Devils on February 23rd, 1996 against Montreal. He scored a power play goal in that game, and finished with nine points in 16 games for the Devils that season.
After 33 games with the Devils the following season, he was traded along with Alyn McCauley and Jason Smith to Toronto for Doug Gilmour and Dave Ellett.
After Toronto, he went on to play for Chicago, Nashville, Pittsburgh, and Phoenix.
His career stats can be found here.
As you can see from his recent career numbers, he’s still pretty useful. Of course, the players around him were much better in Pittsburgh, but he was putting up solid numbers even before that in Nashville.
Sullivan played in his 1,000th career NHL game at Nashville on March 28th.
Like Lou’s previous moves this season, the cost for the veteran was once again next to nothing, so there is almost no risk involved.
With no roster limits as of last night, there will not have to be another move made for Sullivan to be added to the roster.
There’s nothing wrong with adding some depth at this time of year, and he can still bring a little bit of scoring.
Not exactly the move that’s going to get most Devils’ fans excited, but another solid move by Lou.