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Penguins forward Cullen to play next season: report

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Pittsburgh Penguins forward Matt Cullen will play at least one more season, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Tuesday.

Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford told the newspaper he wants to sign Cullen, 39, for next season. Cullen is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent Friday.

Cullen had 16 goals and 16 assists in 82 games this season, and helped the Penguins win the Stanley Cup with four goals and two assists in 24 postseason games.

He had signed a one-year, $800,000 with the Penguins on Aug. 6, 2015.

In 18 NHL seasons with eight teams, Cullen has 658 points (235 goals, 423 assists) in 1,294 games. He also won the Stanley Cup with the Carolina Hurricanes in 2006. Rutherford was the general manager of that team.

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