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Matt Cullen | Center | #7

Team: Pittsburgh Penguins
Age / DOB:  (40) / 11/2/1976
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 200
Drafted: 1996 / Rd. 2 (35) / ANA
Contract: view contract details

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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. Jun 15 - 6:42 PM

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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.
Jun 12 - 12:01 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.
Jun 9 - 10:51 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.
Jun 6 - 10:04 AM

Matt Cullen took part in Monday's practice after staying off the ice Sunday.

Cullen was just taking a maintenance day on Sunday, so there's no cause for concern. This is just an FYI because it would have been somewhat concerning had he stayed off the ice on Monday as well. Barring a last minute surprise, he's available for Game 4 on Monday.
Jun 5 - 5:23 PM

Matt Cullen registered an assist in the Penguins' 4-1 victory over Nashville in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final.

Cullen had to briefly leave the contest after being hit from behind by Nashville's Matt Irwin. He didn't show any concussion symptoms though, so he was allowed to return to the game. With that assist, Cullen now has two goals and nine points in 21 playoff contests.
Jun 1 - 10:32 AM

Matt Cullen knows that this might be his last playoff run.

"I’m 40 here, and I understand where the world of hockey is at," Cullen said. "I know very well that this could be my last chance." Cullen has already won the Stanley Cup twice, including last year with Pittsburgh. To an extent this must be deja vu for him given that there was some uncertainty if he'd return after the 2015-16 campaign. He decided to come back for another season and both sides have to be happy with the result. Cullen has played a valuable supporting role for the Penguins with two goals and seven points in 19 playoff games while averaging 13:34 minutes per contest.
Source: NBC Sports
May 28 - 4:21 PM

Matt Cullen will play in his seventh Game 7 on Thursday night against Ottawa.

The 40-year-old veteran wants to keep the potential decision to retire on the back burner, so he is hoping that his perfect Game 7 record remains intact. "These are the games that when you're a kid growing up that you're playing in the backyard, the Game 7s," Cullen said. "So for us as players this is what it's all about. It's a different level of intensity, it's a different level of excitement and when you get it, you move on." He has six points in 18 playoff games this year.
May 24 - 6:30 PM

Matt Cullen will be rested on Sunday against the Rangers.

His concludes his regular season with 13 goals and 31 points over 72 games.
Apr 9 - 7:18 PM

Matt Cullen was fine to play on Thursday night.

He was hurt late in Tuesday's game against Columbus, but he was in the lineup versus New Jersey. Cullen scored his 13th goal of the season in the contest during a Pittsburgh penalty kill and he finished with 15:30 of ice time.
Apr 7 - 4:51 AM

Matt Cullen left Tuesday's game due to an undisclosed injury.

Cullen was hurt in the third period when he was hit by Columbus' Scott Hartnell. The Penguins didn't provide an update on Cullen's status following the game.
Apr 5 - 10:45 AM

Matt Cullen is dealing with an illness.

Cullen missed Thursday's practice as a result. He also missed Tuesday's morning skate due to the disease, but still played on Wednesday. Nevertheless we'll err on the side of caution and list him as day-to-day for now.
Mar 31 - 9:10 AM

Matt Cullen is on a three-game point streak.

Cullen reached that mark by registering an assist in the Penguins' 5-1 loss to Chicago on Wednesday. He has 12 goals and 29 points in 67 games this season.
Mar 30 - 10:59 AM

Matt Cullen got back on the ice Wednesday morning after he missed Tuesday's session because of an illness.

Look for him to play in Wednesday's match against Chicago. Cullen has collected two goals and three assists in the last six games.
Mar 29 - 1:25 PM

Matt Cullen didn't practice Tuesday because of an illness.

It's unclear if he will ready to play Wednesday, but we should know more after the morning skate.
Mar 28 - 6:14 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Sidney Crosby
2Evgeni Malkin
3Nick Bonino
4Matt Cullen
LW1Jake Guentzel
2Bryan Rust
3Carl Hagelin
4Scott Wilson
5Chris Kunitz
RW1Phil Kessel
2Patric Hornqvist
3Conor Sheary
4Tom Kuhnhackl
5Ryan Reaves
6Carter Rowney
7Josh Archibald
D1Kris Letang
2Justin Schultz
3Trevor Daley
4Olli Maatta
5Ian Cole
6Ron Hainsey
7Brian Dumoulin
8Chad Ruhwedel
9Mark Streit
G1Matt Murray
2Tristan Jarry