New Jersey Devils President/General Manager Lou Lamoriello is not known for making moves at the Trade Deadline; things are different this season. The Devils acquired veteran forward Steve Sullivan from the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for New Jerseys 7th round draft pick in 2014.
Sullivan, an original 9th round draft pick of the Devils, going 233rd overall in 1994, will bring an experienced scoring touch to a Devils team that has had difficulty finding the back of the net recently. Known as a power play specialist, this savvy veteran may be what this Devils team needs to fix their scoring woes. The Devils are currently tied with the Tampa Bay Lightning for 18th in power play percentage, sitting at 17.6%. The hockey sense that Sullivan brings to this club will definitely help their special team’s numbers.
With superstar Ilya Kovalchuk sidelined with a shoulder injury, Lamoriello could not have picked a better time to trade for the 5’9 native of Timmins, Ontario. In 1,002 career NHL games with the Devils, Maple Leafs, Blackhawks, Predators, Penguins, and Coyotes, Sullivan has notched 288 goals, and 454 assists for 742 points. This is sure to help the New Jersey offense until Kovalchuk returns to action in 2-3 weeks.
Lamoriello did open up about inquiries teams were making about players like David Clarkson and Patrik Elias, but Lou was not budging on those players. The Hall of Fame GM did not want to break up the chemistry and core that his team has developed in this lockout shortened season. Lamoriello and head coach Pete DeBoer believe this roster is equally with enough skill and grit to make a run in the post season.