Wednesday, January 16, 2008

The end for Sullivan?

Predators forward Steve Sullivan, barring a medical miracle, will miss the remainder of this season as he continues to rehabilitate from a pair of offseason back surgeries.

Sullivan recently returned from visiting a Seattle specialist, who told him that further rest and rehabilitation was the only cure for the fragmented disc in his back.
This season's been a real tragedy for Sullivan.

Only 33, he's facing what could be the end of his career, even after posting 158 points in 150 games as a Predators. He's been one of the most dangerous offensive players over that span, and finally had a chance to lead a contending team.

There's no doubt in my mind Nashville would be faring much better this season with him back in the lineup.

Here's hoping he can make some sort of a comeback next season.

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At 5:32 p.m., January 16, 2008, Blogger islesblogger said...

It would be a shame too, he seemed to find his game out there in Nashville. I just saw a piece on him on the NHL network not that long ago.

At 7:43 p.m., January 16, 2008, Anonymous ken said...

It still annoys me that the Leafs gave him away for nothing.

Since that brilliant waiver transaction, Sullivan has scored 461 points in 520 games.

God, Pat Quinn was an imbecile.

Well, whatever, I hope Steve Sullivan can make it back to full health.

At 10:18 a.m., January 17, 2008, Blogger Dennis Prouse said...

Sullivan was always a consistently underrated player in my view. I never understood why he didn't get more consideration for Team Canada, as his speed and style would have been even better in the international game. I'll keep my fingers crossed that he can make it back, but back injuries are tough, and Father Time is working against him.

At 2:21 p.m., January 17, 2008, Blogger Bruce said...

It still annoys me that the Leafs gave him away for nothing.

When you consider that the Leafs gave up Doug Gilmour and Dave Ellett to get him, the return for Sullivan has to sting a little. Not to worry, Leafs also acquired Sullivan's Albany Express teammates Jason Smith and Alyn McCauley in that deal ... 'cept they pretty much gave them away for nothing too.

But that's ancient history, and an aside to the unfortunate injury that clouds Sullivan's future. Since being unceremoniously dumped by the Leafs on the heels of a 20-goal, 40-point, +12 season in limited ice time, Sullivan has racked up seven consecutive seasons of 60-75 points, in the process being one of the most dynamic and exciting players in the game. His career rating of +100 is an eye-opener considering he has played over half of his 723 career games with the sadsack Hawks. The little guy -- he's actually listed as being shorter than Marty St. Louis, a pretty good comparable come to think of it -- has always been a threat to score in all situations, notching 20 SHG in his impressive career.

The NHL has been poorer without Steve Sullivan this season. Here's hoping this proven survivor makes a full recovery.


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