Steve Sullivan Released from Preds

*Update (7/1/2011): Sullivan signed a one-year deal with the Pittsburgh Penguins today at a reported $1.5m, down from $3.75m the Predators paid him in the 2010-2011 season. Good luck in Pitts, Sully! I look forward to see you play with some of the best players in the league.

Steve Sullivan and the Nashville Predators will unfortunately part ways in the 2011-2012 season after seven glorious years of hockey.

So long and good luck, Sully.

The decision to release fan favorite, Sullivan, more than likely came after the persistent groin injuries he sustained this past season as well as clearing up the salary cap to resign Nashville’s best captain, Shea Weber.

Sullivan was acquired from the Chicago Blackhawks in 2004 for Nashville’s second-round pick in the 2004 Entry draft as well as a second-round pick in the 2005 Draft.

His first game as a Predator was on September 18, 2004 against the San Jose Sharks. Sullivan showcased to his new hometown just how good he really is when he not only recorded his first goal, but his first hat-trick with the Nashville club.

Sully continued to rack up the numbers throughout his career even after being plagued by a lower back injury that took him out of the game for a long time back in 2006. He finished his time with Nashville with 263 points in the 317 games he dressed up for.

We will miss you, Sully, and we hope that you are successful in whatever your future has in store.