News: Devils Acquire Steve Sullivan

The Devils have re-acquired former Devil Steve Sullivan from the Phoenix Coyotes, according to Sean Hartnett of WFAN.Steve Sullivan

The Devils gave up a seventh-round pick.

Sullivan has five goals and seven assists for the Coyotes this year. He has a minus-8 rating in 33 games.

Sullivan played with the Devils from 1995-’97 after being drafted in the 9th round in the 1994 draft, the 233 overall pick.

Tom Gulitti says that the 7th round pick is likely for the 2014 draft, as the Devils already traded away their 7th round pick for this year in the Alexei Ponikarovsky deal.

UPDATE: The Devils officially announced the trade, which confirms that the seventh rounder is for 2014.

Corey Griffin

“Such a Lou move.” That would be my initial reaction to the deal, which will bring the Devils some depth up front without sacrificing anything off the active roster or any draft pick of note. Basically, it’s a decent value pickup for New Jersey. Sullivan certainly won’t solve the Devils’ scoring issues or give fans the “sniper” they were hoping for. What he will do is provide some help on the right side, which the Devils need with Ilya Kovalchuk sidelined and Tom Kostopolous still likely dealing with some ringing in his ears. He’ll also give Pete DeBoer someone to plug in on the second power-play unit and, honestly, someone who could very well shuffle in and out of the lineup with Matt D’Agostini depending on what DeBoer is feeling. Like I said to start, it’s a very Lou Lamoriello-type move — but it will help the team a bit.