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Matt Cullen | Center | #7

Team: Minnesota Wild
Age / DOB:  (41) / 11/2/1976
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 200
Drafted: 1996 / Rd. 2 (35) / ANA
Contract: view contract details

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Matt Cullen tallied a pair of goals in a 5-1 win over Florida on Tuesday night.
Cullen scored the first two markers of the contest, with one coming late in the first period and the other early in the second. He doubled his goal output to four on the year in the process. Cullen has chipped in just 10 points in 39 contests this campaign, but he is only one away from 700 for his career. Jan 3 - 9:29 AM

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Matt Cullen found the back of the net in Tuesday's 2-1 shootout win over the Calgary Flames.

This was Cullen's first tally since Nov. 2. Cullen opened the scoring at the 17:24 mark of the first period. The veteran now has two goals and seven points in 29 games this season. He has absolutely no fantasy value going forward. Chris Stewart and Mikael Granlund added the goals in the shootout to give the Wild the victory.
Tue, Dec 12, 2017 11:12:00 PM

Matt Cullen posted an assist with a plus-2 rating and a hit in Tuesday's 5-2 loss in Los Angeles.

It has been a trying season for the Minnesota native, as he has just two helpers over the past 16 contests. At least he was effective in the faceoff circle on Tuesday, winning four of his seven chances in 16 shifts. The veteran is in the twilight of his career and no longer worth fantasy consideration outside of the deepest of pools.
Wed, Dec 6, 2017 03:23:00 AM

Matt Cullen scored a goal and an assist in Thursday's 6-3 win over the Montreal Canadiens.

Cullen opened the scoring at the 4:46 mark of the opening period and he assisted the primary assist on Tyler Ennis' goal before the end of the frame. It's an impressive performance for a guy who turned 41 today. Cullen has one goal and three assists in 11 games this season. He doesn't need to be owned in standard fantasy leagues.
Thu, Nov 2, 2017 11:59:00 PM

Matt Cullen and Daniel Winnik are projected to rotate in on the third line again Thursday night.

Minnesota has 11 healthy forwards because of injuries to Zach Parise and Mikael Granlund. Joel Eriksson Ek, Tyler Ennis and Chris Stewart form the third unit, but Cullen and Winnik have been filling when needed. "In a perfect world, would we like 12 (forwards) and 6 (defensemen)? Yeah," said coach Bruce Boudreau. " ... I don't think it will happen all season long. Usually things work their way out."
Thu, Oct 12, 2017 09:56:00 AM

Matt Cullen is expected to suit up in Minnesota's final preseason game.

Cullen missed five of Minnesota's first six preseason games, but it sounds like he'll be available for Saturday's game against Dallas. The 40-year-old had 13 goals and 31 points in 72 games with Pittsburgh last season. Cullen won't have any value in most fantasy leagues.
Sat, Sep 30, 2017 10:06:00 AM

Matt Cullen admitted that signing with the Wild was a "family decision".

"I want my boys to experience playing hockey and watching me play hockey at home," Cullen said. "This was a family decision. Minnesota is home and it’s a special place for me. It’s not easy to say goodbye and it’s not easy to walk away [from Pittsburgh]. I’m confident in the decision we’re making and it’s the right thing for our family. But at the same time, it’s not an easy one." Cullen had 13 goals and 31 points in 72 games with the Penguins last season. He won't have any fantasy value next season.
Thu, Aug 17, 2017 10:30:00 AM

The Minnesota Wild have signed Matt Cullen to a one-year contract worth $1 million.

Cullen can also make $700,000 in performance bonuses. The 40-year-old was contemplating retirement after winning back-to-back Stanley Cups with the Pittsburgh Penguins, but he decided to play another year in his home state. Cullen also spent three years with the Wild between 2009 and 2013. He had 13 goals and 31 points in 72 games last season. He's still a useful player, but he won't carry any fantasy value.
Wed, Aug 16, 2017 04:47:00 PM

Matt Cullen still hasn't decided if he plans to come back for another season.

"I've not heard a definite answer from him," Pittsburgh GM Jin Rutherford said. "I talked to him. We're still ongoing and waiting, waiting for him to make a decision. It's a big decision for him. It's not just hockey-related. It's family-related. He's a terrific family guy. It's just not a cut-and-dry hockey decision." The Penguins would like to acquire a third-line center, which could impact their ability to re-sign Cullen. However, the team is trying to keep the door open for him.
Wed, Aug 2, 2017 02:45:00 PM

The Minnesota Wild have reached out to UFA Matt Cullen.

Cullen had 13 goals and 31 points in 72 games with the Pittsburgh Penguins last season. After winning back-to-back Stanley Cup championships with the Penguins, Cullen is entertaining the possibility of retiring at the age of 40. If he decides to continue his NHL career he would be a solid fourth-line center option. It's worth noting that Cullen is a Minnesota native and previously played with the Wild from 2010-11 through 2013, so signing with the Wild specifically might be particularly appealing for him.
Tue, Jul 11, 2017 07:30:00 AM

The Carolina Hurricanes haven't had any conversations with free agent Matt Cullen as of Monday.

The idea of bringing Cullen back was floated around because of the Hurricanes' signing of Justin Williams. Like Williams, Cullen was a big member of Carolina's Stanley Cup-winning team in 2015-16 so a reunion might be a nice sentiment. Although Cullen will turn 41 in November, he's also coming off two solid campaigns with the Penguins, so he does still have some value. It seems right now the Hurricanes aren't pursuing Cullen though.
Tue, Jul 4, 2017 04:23:00 AM

It's not known if Matt Cullen will extend his career, but if he does it would almost certainly be as a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

"I can’t imagine playing anywhere but here," Cullen said. He's spent the last two seasons with the Penguins and has enjoyed back-to-back Stanley Cup championships with them. He'll turn 41 in November, but he played a valuable supporting role with the Penguins last season so it wouldn't be surprising if they end up agreeing to another one-year contract.
Thu, Jun 15, 2017 06:42:00 PM

Matt Cullen acknowledged that Sunday's game may have been his last in the NHL as a player.

"It's a pretty good chance this will be my last one," said Cullen after the Penguins captured the Stanley Cup for a second straight year. "I can't imagine a better way to go out than this. I'll take a little time here, but yeah, it's pretty likely." The 40-year-old forward has skated in 1,366 career contests and 123 playoff matches.
Mon, Jun 12, 2017 12:01:00 PM

In an article written by Michael Russo of the Minnesota Star-Tribune, Matt Cullen acknowledges this might be the end for him.

"I’m aware of the fact that I’m 40 years old," Cullen said. "Time’s ticking. It’s weird. I don’t feel like an old player. The game keeps you feeling young. But I look around, and I understand I’m a lot older than everybody else." Back-to-back Stanley Cups would be a great way to finish off what has been such a great career for Cullen. If this is the end for him, he'll finish with 689 points in 1366 career regular season games. He currently has seven points in 24 post-season contests and is serving as the Penguins third-line center with Nick Bonino out of the lineup with a lower-body injury.
Fri, Jun 9, 2017 10:51:00 PM

Matt Cullen has been serving as Pittsburgh's third-line center with Nick Bonino out of the lineup.

Pittsburgh could use some offense from their depth forwards and Cullen feels the team has another level that they can hit. He started the match between Phil Kessel and Chris Kunitz, while Carter Rowney centered the fourth line.
Tue, Jun 6, 2017 10:04:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Eric Staal
2Mikko Koivu
3Charlie Coyle
4Joel Eriksson Ek
5Matt Cullen
6Kyle Rau
LW1Mikael Granlund
2Jason Zucker
3Marcus Foligno
4Daniel Winnik
5Zach Parise
RW1Nino Niederreiter
2Tyler Ennis
3Chris Stewart
D1Ryan Suter
2Jared Spurgeon
3Matt Dumba
4Jonas Brodin
5Gustav Olofsson
6Nate Prosser
7Mike Reilly
G1Devan Dubnyk
2Alex Stalock