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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
Contract: view contract details

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Matt Cullen is projected to play with Sidney Crosby and Patric Hornqvist on Tuesday night.
He is filling in for injured winger Chris Kunitz. Cullen has produced just four goals and 13 points in 47 games this season. Jan 26 - 6:14 PM

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Matt Cullen is staying on the second line with Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel for now.

Barring a last minute shakeup, Tuesday's game against Chicago will mark Cullen's third straight contest with his current linemates. He's spent most of the season serving in a bottom-six role, but if he sticks with Malkin and Kessel he might prove to be a nice pickup off the free agent market in standard fantasy leagues. Of course this could still prove to be a short-term arrangement, so you'll want to keep a close eye on this situation.
Jan 5 - 5:50 AM

Matt Cullen is going to start Thursday's game on the second line with Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel.

He has picked up two assists in his last four games and he has 10 points in 37 matches this year.
Thu, Dec 31, 2015 05:49:00 PM

Matt Cullen scored a goal in Pittsburgh's 4-2 victory over Colorado on Wednesday.

Cullen now has three goals and seven points in 27 games this season. The 39-year-old isn't expected to be a significant offensive factor in 2015-16.
Thu, Dec 10, 2015 11:14:00 AM

Matt Cullen will finish the month of November with an assist in 12 games.

That's a step back from Cullen's four points in 11 October games. Cullen has never been a great offensive contributor, but he was at times a solid one. At the age of 39 though, he's not worth owning in standard fantasy leagues.
Mon, Nov 30, 2015 06:11:00 AM

Matt Cullen picked up his first goal as a member of the Penguins on Saturday.

Cullen turned back the clock to sprint down the right wall to lead a two-on-one break, then he simply ripped a wrister past Jonathan Bernier to make it 3-0 mid way through the game. Cullen also contributed an as helped Eric Fehr notch a shortie just eight minutes prior. He now has four points in 11 games.
Sat, Oct 31, 2015 10:30:00 PM

Matt Cullen has two assists in eight contests this season.

Cullen is primarily the Penguins' fourth line center, although he is logging 11:10 minutes of ice time per game, which is a pretty good amount for someone in that role. He might end up with around 30 points this season, although that would be the best case scenario.
Tue, Oct 27, 2015 09:59:00 AM

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.
Fri, Aug 7, 2015 01:12:00 PM

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.
Thu, Aug 6, 2015 05:28:00 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.
Thu, Jul 16, 2015 10:20:00 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.
Wed, Jun 10, 2015 03:24:00 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.
Thu, May 14, 2015 08:40:00 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.
Thu, May 14, 2015 03:10:00 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.
Thu, Apr 16, 2015 01:51:00 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.
Sun, Apr 12, 2015 09:48:00 AM

Depth Charts

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