Left wing Steve Sullivan is expected to practice with the Devils today and play in Saturday’s home game against Toronto after being acquired in Wednesday’s trade with Phoenix. Sullivan did not play in Thursday’s game in Boston as he flew from Phoenix to New Jersey to take a physical instead.

Devils coach Pete DeBoer believes Sullivan, who had five goals and seven assists in 33 games with the Coyotes this season, will be able to help fill the offensive void while Ilya Kovalchuk remains out with a right shoulder injury.

"I’ve always been a fan of is," DeBoer said. "He’ll give us some speed, an offensive guy. I’ve got to try and find him some chemistry, and with Kovy out, I think he’ll be a nice burst of offense, hopefully, for us."

Another returnee

Left wing Patik Elias’ first linemates when he joined the AHL Albany River Rats in 1995-96 were Sullivan and Scott Pellerin. "The best line," Elias called it. "We dominated."

Sullivan, who was drafted by the Devils in the ninth round in 1994, was traded to Toronto in the deal for Doug Gilmour on Feb. 25, 1997. Elias wasn’t surprised that Sullivan, 38, is back with the Devils all these years later.

"That’s usually what we do, right?" he said.

Sullivan will be the 24th player to be reacquired and play for the Devils.