Preds' trade with Blackhawks paid off

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Nashville Predators on
Tuesday signed right wing Steve Sullivan, who helped the team
reach the playoffs for the first time in franchise history last season.

ESPN.com has learned that Sullivan signed for $3.8 million, a bump up from the $3 million he made last year when he was the highest-paid player on the NHL's lowest-salaried team. Sullivan and the Preds were scheduled for an arbitration hearing later in the day.

Sullivan, 30, recorded a combined 24 goals and 49 assists in 80
games last season for both the Blackhawks and Predators. In
his first game after being traded by the Blackhawks for draft
picks on Feb. 16, he produced a hat trick to lead Nashville to a 7-3 win
over San Jose.

The 5-foot-9, 155-pounder registered 10 points in his first three
games with the Preds and nine goals and 21 assists in 24
contests with the team overall.

With Sullivan in the lineup, Nashville went 11-7-4-2 last season.

"Steve's impact after joining the Predators in February was
significant as he provided an added dimension to our team and
helped guide us to our first-ever playoff berth," Nashville vice
president-general manager David Poile said. "Getting Steve
signed has been an offseason priority and we're glad to have
done it without going through the arbitration process."

Sullivan has produced 175 goals and 274 assists in 597 career
games with New Jersey, Toronto, the Blackhawks and Predators. He
has scored more than 20 goals in each of the last six seasons
and more than 60 points in five of the last six.

Information from SportsTicker was used in this report.