Phoenix trades Defenseman Jim Vandermeer to the Edmonton Oilers and acquires Forward Patrick O’Sullivan in return.
O’Sullivan, a 25 year old center, was a second round draft pick (56th overall) of the Minnesota Wild in 2003 but made his NHL debut with the Los Angeles Kings in the 2006-07 season.
In 73 games played last season for the Edmonton Oilers O’Sullivan posted 11 goals and 23 assist with a plus/minus rating of -35 and 32 penalty minutes.
NHL career statistics put him at 280 games played with 54 goals and 95 assist with 110 penalty minutes.
O’Sullivan has represented the United States in international hockey five times and as recently as the 2008 Men’s World Ice Hockey Championship.
UPDATE: According to Sergey Kocharov Director of Media Relations Phoenix Coyotes via Twitter:
SergeyCoyotesPR: Coyotes acquired Patrick O’Sullivan from Edmonton for Jim Vandermeer and exercised their right to buyout the contract of O’Sullivan.
Who said this offseason was going to be boring?