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O’Sullivan inks deal with Phoenix

Phoenix Coyotes general manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes, parent club of the AHL’s Portland Pirates, have signed forward Patrick O’Sullivan to a one-year, two-way contract.

Last season, the 26-year-old native of Winston-Salem, N.C., helped lead the Houston Aeros to the Calder Cup Finals by posting a team best 18 points (4-14-18) in 24 playoff games. Despite playing just 36 AHL regular-season games in 2010-11, O’Sullivan finished fourth on the Aeros in scoring with 48 points (19-29-48).

He also suited up for 31 NHL games with Carolina and Minnesota last year, registering eight points (2-6-8).

An AHL All-Star and the league’s rookie of the year in 2005-06 when he posted 47 goals and 93 points, O’Sullivan has totaled 180 points (84-96-180) in 155 career AHL contests with Houston and Manchester.

The 6-foot-0, 190-pound O’Sullivan has also recorded 56-101-157 and 114 penalty minutes in 311 NHL games with Los Angeles, Edmonton, Carolina, and Minnesota. O’Sullivan established career highs in goals (22), assists (31), points (53) and games (82) during the 2007-08 season with Los Angeles.

O’Sullivan was originally drafted by Minnesota in the second round (56th overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.