The past few weeks have made it blindingly clear that Devils head coach Pete DeBoer is stuck with a group of players who collectively have the skill, but not the talent required to reach the playoffs.
The New Jersey Devils are on the outside looking in at a playoff spot thanks to a seven-game winless streak (0-3-4) that has left them two points behind both the Rangers and Islanders for eighth place in the Eastern Conference.
A 38-year-old left wing, Sullivan started his NHL career with the Devils, playing parts of two seasons in New Jersey from 1995-97.
The Devils conclude their stretch of six out of seven games against Western Conference opponents with games this week against the L.A. Kings, Phoenix Coyotes and Dallas Stars.
The Devils lost tonight to the surging Pittsburgh Penguins 4-1 with Jordan Staal shining.
Considering the Islanders have not been a very successful franchise the past few seasons, they find themselves in a pretty good spot heading into the offseason and free agency. But they still need a few pieces to go from also-ran to playoff contender.