Free agent winger Steve Sullivan agreed to a one-year deal with the Phoenix Coyotes, leaving the Pittsburgh Penguins after just one season with the team. Sullivan's deal with the Coyotes is worth $1.85 million plus bonuses, says Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.
According to reports, Sullivan wanted to stay with the Penguins. However, Pittsburgh's pursuit of free agent prize Zach Parise put Sullivan and other moves on the back burner.
Sullivan, like Asham, wanted to stay in Pittsburgh. But Pens had to wait on Parise before making too many secondary moves.— Josh Yohe (@JoshYohe_Trib) July 4, 2012
Another report from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette echoed that, citing sources on Sullivan's side who claimed the player had to seek other options.
Sullivan scored 17 goals and 48 points for the Penguins last season. The team and fans will hope that losing him while waiting for Parise does not come back to haunt them later in the season.
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