Steve Sullivan is a veteran of 17 seasons in the NHL and now he’s considering retirement according to Tom Guliatti of the Fire and Ice blog.
Sullivan split last season between the Phoenix Coyotes and New Jersey Devils, where he was dealt at the trade deadline. He’s already been told by GM Lou Lamoriello that he won’t be re-signed by the Devils, leaving the savvy veteran mulling over whether or not he’ll hang up his skates for good.
A soon to be unrestricted free agent, Sullivan has played for six teams over the course of his career and has enjoyed limited playoff success, mostly with the Nashville Predators where he played from 2003-11.
The 38-year old has played in over 1,000 career regular season games, compiling 747 points (290 which were goals). This past season, between the Coyotes and Devils, Sullivan scored 7 goals and added 10 assists in 42 games to go with his plus/minus rating of minus-12.
Should the wily veteran decided to give it one more year, there is surely to be a team looking for some leadership that has playoff experience. He’ll likely have to wait until closer to the start of training camp and even then the offer may only be for a tryout. After that it’s up to Sullivan to prove he’s still worthy of a roster spot in the NHL. Otherwise, retirement may be the most logical choice.