Wednesday, August 16, 2017

NHL news: Wild sign Cullen



         The Minnesota Wild have signed center Matt Cullen to a one year, $1 million deal. Also, there is a $700K performance bonus.

           Even though Cullen is 40 years old, he's still a solid bottom-6 center. The last two years, he helped the Pittsburgh Penguins win back-to-back Stanley Cups. He can help the Wild in 2017-18. He is a defensive center who puts up about 30 points a season. He's a cheap option there, and he has some playoff experience, and is a proven leader, so he can be a mentor to the younger guys on the team. Also, he played three seasons with the Wild from 2010-11 to 2012-13. He knows some of the team, so that's a good thing.

           In 72 games for the Penguins last year, Cullen scored 31 points (13 goals and 18 assists) and had a +/- of +4. In his 19 year NHL career for the Penguins, Wild, Nashville Predators, Ottawa Senators, Carolina Hurricanes, New York Rangers, Florida Panthers and Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (now Anaheim Ducks), Cullen has scored 248 goals and 441 assists for 689 points and a +/- of -29.

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