Preds' trade with Blackhawks paid off

Updated: August 4, 2004, 3:24 PM ET
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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.