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Matt Cullen | Center | #7

Team: Minnesota Wild
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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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." Oct 12 - 9:56 AM

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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.
Sep 30 - 10:06 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.
Aug 17 - 10:30 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.
Aug 16 - 4:47 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.
Aug 2 - 2:45 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.
Jul 11 - 7:30 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.
Jul 4 - 4:23 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.
Jun 15 - 6:42 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.
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

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Eric Staal
2Mikko Koivu
3Joel Eriksson Ek
4Matt Cullen
5Landon Ferraro
LW1Zach Parise
2Mikael Granlund
3Jason Zucker
4Marcus Foligno
5Daniel Winnik
RW1Nino Niederreiter
2Charlie Coyle
3Tyler Ennis
4Chris Stewart
D1Ryan Suter
2Jared Spurgeon
3Matt Dumba
4Jonas Brodin
5Gustav Olofsson
6Kyle Quincey
7Mike Reilly
G1Devan Dubnyk
2Alex Stalock