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NHL Free Agency 2012: Phoenix Coyotes Sign Steve Sullivan

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.

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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