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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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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

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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

Matt Cullen had an assist in the Penguins' 3-2 victory over Washington Monday night.

Cullen has two goals and four points in nine playoff games. In 82 career postseason contests, Cullen has 14 goals and 45 points.
May 3 - 9:37 AM

The Pittsburgh Penguins were great on special teams in the first round.

Pittsburgh was 8-21 with the man-advantage and killed off 17-of-19 while scoring once shorthanded. That was the big reason (aside from solid goalkeeping) the Penguins eliminated the Rangers in five games. "We’ve worked a lot on our kill," Matt Cullen said. "Like a lot of kills, you try to take away time and space and make it hard on the power play and we were able to do that. I think when you get in a rhythm and you get your guys going — and of course you get really good goaltending — you can be really good on the [penalty kill]."
Apr 24 - 9:46 AM

Matt Cullen picked up a pair of points in Saturday's Game 5 clincher over the Rangers, one of his former clubs.

Cullen scored a goal and an assist in the effort. For the series, he finishes with two goals and three points. He's now up to 14 goals and 43 points in 79 career playoff games.
Apr 23 - 6:21 PM

Matt Cullen found the back of the net in the Penguins' 3-1 victory over the New York Rangers in Game 3 Tuesday night.

It was Cullen's first goal and point of the series. He had 16 markers and 32 points in 82 regular season games.
Apr 20 - 9:15 AM

Matt Cullen potted two goals to help the Penguins take down the league-leading Capitals 4-3 in overtime on Thursday night.

The 39-year-old apparently still has some juice left in him, as he has the most goals he's had in seven seasons. Cullen now has 32 points in 81 games.
Apr 8 - 12:05 AM

Matt Cullen scored the game winning goal for the Penguins on Sunday against the New York Rangers.

The 39 year-old has eleven goals as part of his 22 points this season. This season he has picked up four game winning goals, just one shy of his career high. Throughout his career he has picked up 32 career game winning goals. The Penguins has done something now other team in the NHL has done this season, as they are undefeated when taking a lead into the third period. The Pens are 29-0-0 when they are winning after two periods of play this season.
Mar 14 - 8:29 AM

With his goal in Sunday's 4-3 win over Buffalo, Matt Cullen now has points in three of his last five games.

It was his eighth goal of the season as well. Not too shabby for the veteran depth forward who, with 19 points on the year has been everything and more for Pittsburgh thus far.
Feb 21 - 3:46 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Sidney Crosby
2Evgeni Malkin
3Nick Bonino
4Matt Cullen
5Kevin Porter
6Oskar Sundqvist
7Scott Wilson
LW1Chris Kunitz
2Carl Hagelin
3Eric Fehr
4Kael Mouillierat
5Conor Sheary
RW1Phil Kessel
2Patric Hornqvist
3Bryan Rust
4Tom Kuhnhackl
5Pascal Dupuis
D1Kris Letang
2Olli Maatta
3Brian Dumoulin
4Trevor Daley
5Justin Schultz
6Ben Lovejoy
7Ian Cole
8Derrick Pouliot
G1Marc-Andre Fleury
2Jeff Zatkoff
3Matt Murray