Sullivan stays with Predators

Wednesday, July 1, 2009 at 5:20pm

Steve Sullivan re-signed with the Nashville Predators on Wednesday.

The high-scoring forward agreed to a two-year deal for $7.5 million.

Following weeks of negotiations, the two sides made a breakthrough afternoon when they figured out that two years was an agreeable length to both.

“I think we have to chalk it up to communication,” Nashville general manager David Poile said. “I’ll take responsibility for that if I misinterpreted that situation. I think the important thing is that we got it clarified, and … in the nick of time.”

The average salary ($3.75 million per season) was an increase of $550,000 over what he earned in 2008-09, when he had 32 points (11 goals, 21 assists) in 41 games after having missed nearly two full years with a back injury.

“The clarification that we had with Steve and his agent is that he would take a two-year deal to stay here in Nashville,” Poile said. “We offered him two-year deal … in talking to him several times today.”

The team did lose several other players through free agency, including Vernon Fiddler and Greg Zanon.

More on this story to come at nashvillecitypaper.com.