Penguins sign forwards Sullivan, Kennedy
The Penguins on Friday agreed to terms with forwards Steve
Sullivan and Tyler Kennedy as the NHL’s free-agent signing period
Sullivan, 36, is a 15-year veteran who had 10 goals and 22
points for Nashville last season. He spent six seasons with the
Predators, and has 682 career points. He signed a one-year
contract, worth $1.5 million.
Kennedy, 24, had 21 goals and 45 points in 80 games last season
with Pittsburgh. In 266 career NHL games, Kennedy, 5-foot-11 and
183 pounds, has 59 goals and 124 points. He signed a two-year
contract worth $4 million.
Sullivan, a 5-foot-8, 161-pound left wing, was drafted in the
ninth round by the New Jersey Devils in 1994. He scored a career
high 34 goals in 2000-01 with the Chicago Blackhawks.
Kennedy, a native of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, helped lead the
Penguins to the 2009 Stanley Cup, with five goals and nine points
The announcements came soon after Pittsburgh formally withdrew
their one-year contract offer to free-agent forward Jaromir Jagr. A
1990 first-round draft pick of the Penguins, Jagr signed a one-year
deal, worth $3.3 million, in Philadelphia.
Sullivan had two goals and three points as the Predators
advanced to the second round of the Western Conference playoffs for
the first time this season. A native of Timmins, Ontario, Sullivan
has appeared in 890 games with the Devils, Maple Leafs, Blackhawks
and Predators. He has 266 career goals.
Sullivan missed the entire 2007-08 season with a back injury,
before returning on Jan. 10, 2009. Sullivan finished that season
with 11 goals and 32 points in 41 games, winning the Bill Masterton
Memorial Trophy for his perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication
to the game.