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Matt Cullen | Center | #7

Team: Pittsburgh Penguins
Age / DOB:  (39) / 11/2/1976
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 200
Drafted: 1996 / Rd. 2 (35) / ANA
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Matt Cullen missed practice on Saturday.
The veteran center has an undisclosed injury but there is little concern so early in training camp. The 39-year-old will have little-to-no fantasy value but is a solid fourth line center for the Penguins. Sep 25 - 10:31 AM

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Matt Cullen admitted that the 2016-17 season will probably be his last.

"It will probably be it," Cullen said. "I’ve learned to never say anything 100 percent, but it will very likely be it. I said this last year, and I don’t want to overuse it, but I really feel like it’s a gift. I really do. To be able to play in the league at this point in my career, at my age, but more important to play in a place that I love playing and my family absolutely loves, I feel very fortunate to be able to do that. To see it work out today and sign it, to be able to play likely my final year here in Pittsburgh, I’m really thankful. I’m so happy it’s going to work out." The 38-year-old signed a one-year contract with the Penguins on Wednesday.
Aug 18 - 8:31 AM

The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-signed Matt Cullen to a one-year, $1 million deal.

Cullen will be returning for his 20th NHL season. The 39-year-old was part of Pittsburgh's Stanley Cup championship team last season. The veteran scored 16 goals and 16 assists in 82 games last season, and added six points in 24 playoff games. Cullen also won an impressive 55.7 percent of his draws and led the team in shorthanded points with six.
Aug 17 - 5:20 PM

Veteran Matt Cullen wants to return for another year in the NHL.

While Cullen would love to come back and play for the Penguins in the same role that helped Pittsburgh win the Stanley Cup, there may not be enough room under the salary cap for Cullen’s salary. The Wild are apparently also interested in Cullen’s services and that would be a homecoming for the Minnesota native. "Once it's gone, it's gone. If you retire, if you quit, if you do whatever, six months down the road, you're not going to be able to say, ‘Oh, I'm going to play again.' You're done," assistant GM Bill Guerin said. "I'm so happy he's decided to play. It was the right choice because he's got a lot of gas left in the tank."
Jul 3 - 9:16 AM

The Pittsburgh Penguins are still interested in signing UFA Matt Cullen.

Cullen was a vital piece in the Penguins march to the Stanley Cup but do not want to become involved in a bidding war for the veteran center. The 39-year-old had 15 goals and 32 points in 82 games and chipped in with six more points in 24 playoff games. Cullen loves it in Pittsburgh and while he could retire, he likely will get a deal done with the Penguins in the near future. He has no real fantasy value.
Jul 2 - 10:54 AM

Matt Cullen wants to re-sign with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

"It was a pretty special place for me, and it was a great fit for me and my family," Cullen said. "I would really like for it to work out there." There was some speculation that Cullen might retire, but he's decided to extend his career for another season. It wouldn't be surprising if Cullen and the Penguins found a common ground.
Jun 30 - 6:45 PM

Matt Cullen has decided to play again next year.

He was considering retirement, but will put that off for at least one season. Cullen accounted for 16 goals and 16 assists in 82 games during the regular season in 2015-16 and he added six points over 24 playoff matches. Penguins GM Jim Rutherford wants to re-sign the potential unrestricted free agent.
Jun 28 - 11:14 AM

The Pittsburgh Penguins would like to re-sign Matt Cullen.

The main question is whether or not Cullen wants to return for the 2016-17 campaign. He'll turn 40 in November and is coming off a championship, so this is an opportunity to retire on a high note. At the same time, he's still capable of chipping in as a bottom-six forward so maybe he'll decide to extend his career.
Jun 17 - 9:57 AM

Matt Cullen may decide to retire this off-season.

"I don’t know," he said after the Penguins defeated San Jose in the Stanley Cup Final. "It's hard to top this. ... I want to just enjoy it a little bit." Cullen received pain-killing injections in his broken toe before every game after he was hurt in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Final. He collected six points in 24 playoff games.
Jun 13 - 9:01 AM

Matt Cullen likes the work the Penguins' penalty kill has done throughout the Stanley Cup playoffs.

More specifically, Cullen said the penalty-kill "has done a nice job of pressuring teams" during the playoffs. The Penguins have killed 84.6 percent of the power plays from the opposition while the Sharks killed 80.6 percent of penalties against them.
Jun 12 - 1:02 PM

Matt Cullen may fill in for Bryan Rust on the second line on Wednesday night in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final.

Cullen skated with Evgeni Malkin and Chris Kunitz late in the third period of Monday night's game after Rust was hurt. "Matt's a versatile guy," coach Mike Sullivan said. "We've used him up and down the lineup all year." Rust is day-to-day with an upper-body injury.
May 31 - 4:21 PM

Matt Cullen left practice Saturday a few minutes early and did not return.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review stated that Cullen seemed to be walking 'gingerly' back to the locker room. If there is anything wrong, it should be updated either Sunday or Monday, otherwise assume he will be in the Pittsburgh lineup for Game 1 Monday.
May 29 - 9:43 AM

Mike Sullivan is thrilled with the play of the Penguins fourth line of Matt Cullen, Eric Fehr and Tom Kuhnhackl.

"I think they wear teams down," Sullivan said. "They’re very good in their end zone. When [Cullen] and [Fehr] play in the same line together, they’re two that can take faceoffs. There’s a lot to like about that line." Fehr stated that he is more comfortable taking chances on the draw and not so worried about being thrown out of the circle knowing that Cullen is there to back him up. Game 5 goes Sunday in Pittsburgh.
May 21 - 7:14 AM

Matt Cullen potted his fourth goal of the playoffs in Monday's 3-2 overtime win over Tampa Bay.

He opened the scoring in the contest. The 39-year-old veteran has collected six points in 13 postseason games for the Penguins.
May 17 - 9:29 AM

Matt Cullen found the back of the net in a 3-2 overtime win against Washington Wednesday night.

Cullen has three goals and five points in nine playoff contests. In his career, Cullen has recorded 15 goals and 46 points in 83 postseason games.
May 5 - 11:12 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Sidney Crosby
2Evgeni Malkin
3Nick Bonino
4Matt Cullen
5Oskar Sundqvist
6Kevin Porter
7Scott Wilson
LW1Chris Kunitz
2Carl Hagelin
3Eric Fehr
4Conor Sheary
RW1Phil Kessel
2Patric Hornqvist
3Bryan Rust
4Tom Kuhnhackl
D1Kris Letang
2Olli Maatta
3Brian Dumoulin
4Trevor Daley
5Justin Schultz
6Derrick Pouliot
7Ian Cole
8Stuart Percy
G1Matt Murray
2Marc-Andre Fleury