Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Matt Cullen
Center Matt Cullen enjoyed a highly successful high school hockey career in his home state of Minnesota that saw his team advance to the Minnesota High School State Tournament three years in a row, including a trip to the Finals in his Senior year on the strength of his double-overtime tally. Cullen's career continued in Minnesota when he joined St. Cloud State University for the next two years where he continued to exhibit strong offensive skills that eventually caught the attention of the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim.

The Ducks drafted Cullen in the second round of the 1996 NHL Entry Draft and by the 1997-98 season he was in their lineup. Cullen played 61 games with Anaheim as a rookie and managed 27 points. Cullen provided a second line scoring presence for the Ducks, who had NHL All-Stars Teemu Selanne and Paul Kariya on their first line. Over the next four years Cullen developed as an offensive player with his numbers getting better each year before the Ducks traded him away in a package deal to the Florida Panthers that saw offensive defenseman Sandis Olzonish come to Anaheim midway through the 2002-03 season.

In his first full season with the Panthers in 2003-04, Cullen was limited to 56 games and the team fell short in their attempt to qualify for the post season. However, once the 2003-04 season came to a close for the Panthers, Cullen was named to the United States World Championship team that went on to capture a bronze medal at the 2004 World Championships in Prague, Czech Republic.

During the off-season the former St. Cloud star was acquired by the Carolina Hurricanes. As a member of the Hurricanes, Cullen would record a career high 49 points before signing as a free agent with the New York Rangers in July, 2006. In New York Cullen nearly matched his career high point total, and helped provide leadership during the club's return to the NHL playoffs. However, during the subsequent off-season, the Rangers opted to deal Cullen back to the Carolina Hurricanes.

On February 12, 2010, Cullen was sent to the Ottawa Senators in exchange for Alexandre Picard and a second round draft pick.

On July 1, 2010, as an unrestricted free agent, Cullen inked a three-year deal with the Minnesota Wild.

After three seasons Cullen signed a two year contract with the Nashville Predators for the 2013-14 season.

At the conclusion of the 2014-15 season, Cullen left Nashville and signed a one year contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins. He would provide the Penguins with veteran leadership and help the club to the Stanley Cup title, the second title of his career, the following season.

Cullen would suit up in 72 games for the Penguins during the 2016-17 season, scoring 13 times and adding 18 assists. He would also appear in all 25 of the Penguins post-season contests as Pittsburgh marched to their second consecutive Stanley Cup title. The following summer, as an unrestricted free agent, Cullen signed with the Minnesota Wild.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1992-93 Moorhead Spuds High-MN
1993-94 Moorhead Spuds High-MN
1994-95 Moorhead Spuds High-MN 28 47 42 89 78
1995-96 St. Cloud State Huskies WCHA 39 12 29 41 28
1995-96 United States WJC-A 6 3 1 4 0
1996-97 St. Cloud State Huskies WCHA 36 15 30 45 70
1996-97 Baltimore Bandits AHL 6 3 3 6 7 3 0 2 2 0
1997-98 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 61 6 21 27 23 -4
1997-98 Cincinnati Mighty Ducks AHL 18 15 12 27 2 +12
1997-98 United States WC-A 6 2 1 3
1998-99 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 75 11 14 25 47 -12 4 0 0 0 0
1998-99 Cincinnati Mighty Ducks AHL 3 1 2 3 8 +1
1998-99 United States WC-A 6 1 6 7 4
1999-00 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 80 13 26 39 24 +5
2000-01 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 82 10 30 40 38 -23
2001-02 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 79 18 30 48 24 -1
2002-03 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 50 7 14 21 12 -4
2002-03 Florida Panthers NHL 30 6 6 12 22 -4
2002-03 United States WC-A 6 1 1 2 2 +1
2003-04 Florida Panthers NHL 56 6 13 19 24 -2
2003-04 United States WC-A 9 2 4 6 4 +2
2004-05 SG Cortina Italy 36 27 33 60 64 18 8 14 22 32
2005-06 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 78 25 24 49 40 +4 25 4 14 18 12
2005-06 United States Olympics
2006-07 New York Rangers NHL 80 16 25 41 52 0 10 1 3 4 6
2007-08 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 59 13 36 49 32 +2
2008-09 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 69 22 21 43 20 +11 18 3 3 6 14
2009-10 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 60 12 28 40 26 0
2009-10 Ottawa Senators NHL 21 4 4 8 8 -7 6 3 5 8 0
2010-11 Minnesota Wild NHL 78 12 27 39 34 -14
2011-12 Minnesota Wild NHL 73 14 21 35 24 -10
2012-13 Minnesota Wild NHL 42 7 20 27 10 +9 5 0 3 3 2
2013-14 Nashville Predators NHL 77 10 29 39 32 +4
2014-15 Nashville Predators NHL 62 7 18 25 16 +8 6 1 1 2 4
2015-16 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 82 16 16 32 20 +5 24 4 2 6 8
2016-17 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 72 13 18 31 30 +4 25 2 7 9 24
NHL Totals 1366 248 441 689 558 123 18 38 56 70


WCHA Second All-Star Team (1997) Traded to Florida by Anaheim with Pavel Trnka and Anaheim's 4th round pick (James Pemberton) in 2003 NHL Draft for Sandis Ozolinsh and Lance Ward, January 30, 2003. Signed as a free agent by Carolina, August 5, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Cortina (Italy), September 18, 2004. Signed as a free agent by NY Rangers, July 1, 2006. Traded to Carolina by NY Rangers for Andrew Hutchinson, Joe Barnes and Carolina's 3rd round pick (Evgeny Grachev) in 2008 NHL Draft, July 17, 2007. Traded to Ottawa by Carolina for Alexandre Picard and Ottawa's 2nd round pick (later traded to Edmonton - Edmonton selected Martin Marincin) in 2010 NHL Draft, February 12, 2010. Signed as a free agent by Minnesota, July 1, 2010. Signed as a free agent by Nashville, July 5, 2013. Signed as a free agent by Pittsburgh, August 6, 2015.
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