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July 10, 2019 12:24 PM
Matt Cullen: Officially announces retirement
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cullen announced his retirement Wednesday.

Cullen revealed in April that he was considering retirement, and after consulting with friends and family, he's decided to walk away from the game. The 42-year-old registered 20 points over 71 games with Pittsburgh during his final season of action, his lowest total of his 14-year career.

April 18, 2019 11:28 AM
Penguins' Matt Cullen: Still mulling retirement
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cullen told reporters Thursday that he would talk it over with his family about whether to retire ahead of next season, Sam Kasan of Pens Inside Scoop reports.

Given his leadership in the locker room, ability to kill penalties, and relationship with general manager Jim Rutherford, it's hard to imagine the Penguins wouldn't offer Cullen another one-year deal if he does decide to continue playing, especially considering he only cost the club $650,000 this season. The 42-year-old will likely take a few weeks to weigh his options. Regardless of his decision, Cullen will go down as a fan favorite, despite playing for just three seasons in the Steel City.

April 1, 2019 02:08 PM
Penguins' Matt Cullen: Key player in Sunday's win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cullen had a goal and an assist in Sunday's 3-1 win over the Hurricanes.

The Penguins' fourth line of Cullen, Garrett Wilson and Adam Johnson were really dialed in on Sunday. Cullen has goals in two of his last three games, and seems to save his best for the end of the season and in the playoffs.

March 27, 2019 11:48 AM
Penguins' Matt Cullen: Scores goal in win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cullen found the back of the net against the Rangers on Monday, ending his 27-game goal drought.

Cullen is averaging 11:29 of ice time this season, with 2:17 of that coming shorthanded, so he isn't getting a lot of chances to find the back of the net. The 42-year-old's offensive contributions might be limited, but he continues to be a critical member of the penalty kill and a stabilizing locker room presence.

February 27, 2019 01:08 PM
Penguins' Matt Cullen: Notches assist
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cullen garnered a helper versus the Blue Jackets on Tuesday.

Any offensive contributions coming out of Cullen are bonuses for the club, as the 42-year-old is on the team to provide veteran leadership in the locker room and to kill penalties on the ice. The center is averaging 11:32 of ice time this season and 2:09 of that comes in shorthanded situations. Invaluable to the franchise, Cullen won't offer much in terms of production for fantasy owners.

February 14, 2019 12:12 PM
Penguins' Matt Cullen: Hard work pays off
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cullen picked up an assist on Bryan Rust's shorthanded goal Wednesday, helping Pittsburgh defeat the Oilers, 3-1.

The 42-year-old has 16 points in 42 games and will periodically pitch in a point here and there, but the fact remains Cullen is not a viable fantasy option in 2019. The veteran is averaging just 11:38 of ice time per game, the lowest mark of his career. He finished a plus-2 versus the Oilers.

January 31, 2019 11:52 AM
Penguins' Matt Cullen: Slides into third-line role
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cullen was bumped up to the Pens' third line against Tampa Bay on Wednesday.

With Derick Brassard (upper body) sidelined, Cullen was promoted to the third line alongside Tanner Pearson and Patric Hornqvist. Unsurprisingly, the veteran logged 14:53 of ice time, his second-highest total this season. The Minnesota native will likely drop back to the fourth line once Brassard returns, though Cullen's promotion could become permanent if Brassard is shipped out at the trade deadline.

January 5, 2019 09:04 AM
Penguins' Matt Cullen: Riding three-game point streak
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cullen scored a goal and an assist in Friday's 4-0 win over the Jets.

That's now four points in three games for the 42-year-old center, although his totals on the season (four goals and 10 points in 30 games) are far more modest. Cullen's role on the fourth line doesn't offer much fantasy potential, but the Penguins are deep enough on the wins that he still has decently talented linemates, giving him opportunities to make an occasional splash.

December 24, 2018 03:28 PM
Penguins' Matt Cullen: Two points since return
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cullen has two points and 10 shots on net in seven games since returning from a lengthy lower-body injury.

At this point, Cullen is a veteran presence for Pittsburgh's fourth line. He's 42 years old, after all, and has averaged only 11:40 per game in ice time. At this point in his career, Cullen isn't likely to be able to take on a big enough role to move the fantasy needle.

December 12, 2018 03:12 PM
Penguins' Matt Cullen: Taken off IR
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cullen (lower body) has been activated off injured reserve ahead of Wednesday's matchup with Chicago, per the NHL media site.

While technically still considered a game-time call based on coach Mike Sullivan's comments after practice Wednesday, the fact that the team removed Cullen's IR designation all but guarantees he will suit up versus the Hawks. The veteran figures to slot into a fourth-line center role, while Garrett Wilson is relegated to the press box.

December 12, 2018 01:08 PM
Penguins' Matt Cullen: Game-time call
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cullen (lower body) will be a game-time decision ahead of Wednesday's matchup with Chicago.

Cullen has been making strides in his recovery and could be ready to go versus the Hawks. If the veteran center is given the all-clear, which requires him to be activated off injured reserve, Garrett Wilson figures to be the odd man out of the lineup. In his return to Pittsburgh, Cullen has two goals, two assists and 26 shots in 18 games while averaging 11:46 of ice time.

December 10, 2018 12:37 PM
Penguins' Matt Cullen: Sporting non-contact sweater
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cullen (lower body) won't be in the lineup against the Islanders on Monday, but did take part in the game-day skate in a non-contact jersey, Sam Kasan of Pens Inside Scoop reports.

Cullen appears to be trending in the right direction and could slot back into the lineup sooner rather than late. Once given the green light, the veteran should take his spot as the fourth-line center, which will likely force Derek Grant to the wing. Prior to getting hurt, the Minnesota native notched four points in 18 outings and was a mainstay on the penalty kill.

December 5, 2018 02:08 PM
Penguins' Matt Cullen: Resumes skating
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cullen (lower body) took the ice prior to Wednesday's practice, Sam Kasan of Pens Inside Scoop reports.

While it's certainly a step in the right direction, Cullen wasn't able to join the team for a full practice and is likely still at least a week away. Once given the green light, the Minnesota native figures to slot into a bottom-six role and, perhaps more importantly, should resume his duties on the penalty kill.

November 19, 2018 02:54 PM
Penguins' Matt Cullen: Designated for injured reserve
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cullen (lower body) was placed on injured reserve Monday, per the NHL media site.

Designating Cullen for injured reserve was only a matter of time considering the team is preparing for a long-term absence. The recently demoted Garrett Wilson could be in line for a promotion in order to provide additional forward depth with Cullen sidelined. With no clear indication on the nature or severity of Cullen's injury, speculation will abound as to whether this will mark the end of his NHL career.

November 19, 2018 12:16 PM
Penguins' Matt Cullen: Facing extended absence
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cullen is expected to be out long term due to a lower-body injury.

While the team didn't provide an update on how long Cullen might be sidelined, it certainly sounds like he is in the week-to-week category at minimum. Given the expectations, the veteran center will likely be placed on injured reserve to free up a roster spot on the team. The Minnesota native logged 10:45 of ice time versus Ottawa on Saturday -- relatively on par with his season average 11:46 -- and even managed to score a goal, so it's unclear when he may have suffered his injury. Riley Sheahan should find himself back in the lineup with Cullen unavailable.

October 26, 2018 09:48 PM
Penguins' Matt Cullen: Tallies goal against Calgary
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cullen scored his first goal of the 2018-19 campaign in Thursday's commanding 9-1 victory over the Flames.

The Penguins' trip to Western Canada has been good for a number of players, including Cullen, who now has three points in his last two outings. The NHL's oldest active player (41) figures to serve on the team's defensively-minded fourth line for much of the season, but he can provide solid depth scoring alongside Riley Sheahan.

October 19, 2018 11:56 PM
Penguins' Matt Cullen: Pointless through six games
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cullen is still searching for his first point of the 2018-19 campaign.

Cullen looked strong in the preseason, but he has struggled to produce in the early part of the year. The fact that the veteran has switched between the wing and his natural center position could certainly be a factor. While the team no doubt would like to get some offensive production out of the 41-year-old, the fact is he was probably brought in more for his leadership, penalty-killing and locker room contributions.

September 27, 2018 09:16 AM
Penguins' Matt Cullen: Performing well this preseason
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cullen scored on his only shot while playing 11:28 during a 5-1 preseason victory over the Sabres on Wednesday.

The 41-year-old is back with the Penguins and is fitting right in this preseason, already scoring a few goals. He's only going to be useful in deeper fantasy leagues, but it wouldn't be a surprise if Cullen scored around 12 goals and 30 points in a fourth-line role. He will also win a ton of faceoffs.

September 22, 2018 11:13 PM
Penguins' Matt Cullen: Notches three points
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cullen registered two goals and an assist in Saturday's 7-3 victory over Columbus.

While Cullen's leadership skills are probably his greatest contribution to the team, Cullen was stellar in his return to Pittsburgh. The 42-year-old paced the team with six shots and exploded for two goals and an assist in 14:32 of ice time.

July 2, 2018 01:17 AM
Penguins' Matt Cullen: Returns to the Burgh
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cullen penned a one-year, $650,000 contract with the Penguins on Sunday.

Cullen will return to Pittsburgh following a one-year stint in Minnesota. The 40-year-old will likely fill in as a fourth-line center while Riley Sheahan slides over to the wing. General manager Jim Rutherford tried to bring back the veteran at the trade deadline last season, as the team covets not only his contributions on the ice but his leadership, as well.

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Career Stats
SeasonteamGPGAPTS+/-PPSHGWFWFL
2019-2000000
2018-19PIT71713206022320320
2017-18MIN79111122-1001355350
2016-17PIT721318314222440419
2015-16PIT821616325034582462
2014-15NSH62718258001155132
2013-14NSH771029394102438334
2012-13MIN42720279000245203
2011-12MIN73142135-10400627551
2010-11MIN78122739-14542473370
2009-10CAR-OTT81163248-7222572549
2008-09CAR6922214311422457427
2007-08CAR591336492801364285
2006-07NYR801625410232619515
2005-06CAR782524494805304279
2003-04FLA5661319-2102372363
2002-03ANA-FLA80132033-8312337357
2001-02ANA79183048-1314660623
2000-01ANA82103040-23401710768
1999-00ANA801326395101556691
1998-99ANA75111425-1251100
1997-98ANA6162127-420000
Total1516266465731-2455213785867998
More Career Stats
SeasonteamGPSOGS%TOI/GSHIFTSPPTOISHTOIPIMMJRMSCMNR
2019-200000
2018-19PIT71878.011:3013072.58158.0014007
2017-18MIN7910410.611:5312798:3968:45200010
2016-17PIT729314.013:55152327:05167:40300014
2015-16PIT8211813.613:52175720:41207:57200010
2014-15NSH62907.813:00116530:4049:5716008
2013-14NSH771347.515:291557172:2035:08320015
2012-13MIN42798.915:5296981:4656:2610005
2011-12MIN731648.518:551863195:47130:33240012
2010-11MIN781508.018:011806243:30156:39340017
2009-10CAR-OTT811958.218:451946288:13182:14340017
2008-09CAR6913915.816:471561142:07106:2320009
2007-08CAR591379.516:511241293:4636:55320016
2006-07NYR802177.417:091936187:07216:16520026
2005-06CAR7821411.716:261662372:3718:04400020
2003-04FLA56758.014:11113720:25132:32240012
2002-03ANA-FLA801319.914:271684189:0943:58340017
2001-02ANA7916411.017:0016870:000:00240012
2000-01ANA821596.318:1419230:000:00380019
1999-00ANA801379.516:5417240:000:00240012
1998-99ANA751129.80:0000:000:00471021
1997-98ANA61758.00:0000:000:0023109
Total151627749.614:23297272276:271767:2759220288
 

Player Info

Height/Weight:
6-1/200
Birthdate:
11/2/1976
Age:
43
Hometown:
Virginia, MN, USA
Team:
Pittsburgh Penguins
School:
St. Cloud State
NHL Experience:
18