Player Page

Matt Cullen | Center

Team: Pittsburgh Penguins
Age / DOB:  (38) / 11/2/1976
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 200
Contract: view contract details

Latest News

Recent News

Matt Cullen is excited to play for a top contender like the Pittsburgh Penguins.
"It's a team that's making a real strong push to make a run at it," said Cullen. "There's no secret I'm getting to the end of my career. So to have an opportunity to play with a team of this caliber is really exciting. I feel really lucky to have this opportunity." Cullen also reunited with GM Jim Rutherford, who he spent four seasons with as a member of the Carolina Hurricanes. They won the Stanley Cup in 2006. Rutherford is happy to add a player a quality depth player who can move up into the top nine forward group if necessary. He also values Cullen's leadership and locker room presence. Cullen is expected to center the Penguins' fourth line. Aug 7 - 1:12 PM

Highest Searched Players over the last 7 days

Player News


Matt Cullen has agreed to terms with the Pittsburgh Penguins on a one-year, $800,000 deal.

He produced just seven goals and 25 points in 62 games with Nashville last season. Cullen, who is likely to get a bottom-six role, can play center or the wing. He shouldn't be on your fantasy radar going into the season.
Aug 6 - 5:28 PM

Although Matt Cullen is still an unrestricted free agent, there has been interest in him.

"The last little bit, it's kind of picked up a little bit, and there's a few teams now that have expressed some interest," Cullen said. "We're just going through where I would fit salary cap wise and things like that. ... It's been good. I've been thrilled with the fact that there's been a few teams looking to hopefully make a move here." Cullen had seven goals and 25 points in 62 games with Nashville last season. He'll turn 39 in November, but it wouldn't be surprising if he gets offered a one-year deal.
Jul 16 - 10:20 AM

Matt Cullen's agent, Pat Morris, doesn't think his client will be back with the Nashville Predators next season.

"Matt wants to play next season," Morris said in an email Wednesday. "Nashville has too many forwards so it is highly likely not to be there." Cullen told The Dickinson (North Dakota) Press in April that he wants to play closer to home, so Minnesota could be a possibility for him. The 38-year-old forward recorded just seven goals and 25 points in 62 games last season.
Jun 10 - 3:24 PM

Matt Cullen is now an unrestricted free agent, and he'd like to play closer to his Moorhead, MN home.

"I had so much fun playing the game. I still absolutely love playing the game," Cullen said. The veteran forward of 17 seasons will turn 39 in November, and already has 193 games as a member of the Minnesota Wild under his belt from 2010-13. He also played for Winnipeg Jets' coach Paul Maurice when they won the Cup together in Carolina in 2005-06. If Cullen does decide to take another contract, he won't break the bank having just come off of a two-year $7M deal with Nashville.
May 14 - 8:40 PM

Matt Cullen is taking some time to think about his future.

"I'm going to take a little while, just kind of take some time and sit back," Cullen said. "Obviously, everything happens fast at the end and disappointed in the way it all ended up, but I'll just sit back and take a little time and be with the family and let the body settle down and calm down. I don't really have a structure yet." He can become an unrestricted free agent in the summer and there may not be a spot for him on the Predators anymore. The 38-year-old forward notched just seven goals and 25 points in 62 games this past season. He may decide to retire, but agent Pat Morris thinks Cullen should continue his career.
May 14 - 3:10 PM

Matt Cullen moved to center after Mike Fisher was injured in Nashville's first game of the playoffs against Chicago.

Cullen skated between James Neal and Colin Wilson in the contest. He had an assist on a goal by Viktor Stalberg in the match and he posted four shots.
Apr 16 - 1:51 PM

The Nashville Predators dropped their sixth consecutive game on Saturday night.

Nashville dropped a 4-1 decision to Dallas on Saturday. The Predators were the best team in hockey at one point but injuries have cooled them off. "It's not at all something that we're going to dwell on," Predators forward Matt Cullen said. "There's things we can learn from it. … We need to leave this one behind us immediately and start changing our mind-set." In all fairness to Nashville, they sat out Roman Josi, Shea Weber, Mike Fisher, Cody Franson and Pekka Rinne in the season finale. They will take on the Chicago Blackhawks in the first round of the playoffs.
Apr 12 - 9:48 AM

The Predators have shuffled their lines with the return of James Neal and Matt Cullen to the lineup.

They will likely ice the following lines for Saturday night's game against Dallas: Filip Forsberg – Mike Ribeiro – James Neal, Colin Wilson – Mike Fisher – Craig Smith, Viktor Stalberg – Matt Cullen – Mike Santorelli and Gabriel Bourque – Calle Jarnkrok – Taylor Beck. Adjust your roster accordingly.
Apr 4 - 2:05 PM

The Nashville Predators gain Matt Cullen back in the mix as they face the Dallas Stars on Saturday.

The veteran forward has missed the past five games with a lower-body injury. He has seven goals and 24 points in 58 games.
Apr 4 - 1:11 PM

Matt Cullen could return to action Saturday night against Dallas.

The veteran pivot, who has missed the Preds' last five games with a lower-body injury, participated in the team's full practice Thursday and may be ready to suit up Saturday night.
Apr 3 - 1:16 PM

Matt Cullen (lower body) took part in the morning skate Tuesday, but he isn't projected to play against Vancouver.

He has sat out the last four games with a lower-body injury. Cullen has seven goals and 24 points in 58 contests this season.
Mar 31 - 2:30 PM

Matt Cullen (lower body) is considered day-to-day.

He missed Tuesday's game against Montreal due to the ailment. Cullen may not play Thursday night either. He skated on the fourth line at practice with Taylor Beck, Paul Gaustad and Rene Bourque.
Mar 26 - 2:31 PM

Matt Cullen and Kevin Fiala will be scratched against the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday night.

Through 58 games this season, Cullen has produced just seven goals and 24 points. Which is on pace for the lowest totals of his career for a season in which he's played at least 60 games since his rookie season with Anaheim in 1997-98. Fiala meanwhile, has yet to make his NHL debut. The 18 year old has scored nine goals and 17 points in 26 games for AHL Milwaukee.
Mar 24 - 7:50 PM

Matt Cullen had a maintenance day Monday, so he didn't practice.

He's expected to play Tuesday night against Montreal. Cullen has collected four assists in his past four outings, but he hasn't scored a goal in his last nine games.
Mar 24 - 10:42 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Sidney Crosby
2Evgeni Malkin
3Nick Bonino
4Eric Fehr
5Matt Cullen
6Oskar Sundqvist
LW1Chris Kunitz
2Sergei Plotnikov
3David Perron
4Beau Bennett
RW1Phil Kessel
2Patric Hornqvist
3Pascal Dupuis
4Daniel Sprong
D1Kris Letang
2Olli Maatta
3Ian Cole
4Ben Lovejoy
5Rob Scuderi
6Brian Dumoulin
G1Marc-Andre Fleury
2Jeff Zatkoff