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Penguins Re-Sign Forward Matt Cullen to a One-Year Contract

by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins

The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-signed forward Matt Cullen to a one-year contract, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.

The one-year contract is worth $1 million.

Cullen, 39, helped the Penguins win the Stanley Cup last season, the second championship of his career. He also won a title with the Carolina Hurricanes in 2006.

The 6-foot-1, 200-pound center was one of Pittsburgh’s most consistent performers in 2015-16, tallying 16 goals, 16 assists and 32 points in all 82 games. Cullen’s 16 goals were his most since 2009. He was one of just three Penguins to play all 82 games.

A native of Virginia, Minnesota, Cullen’s best work came during the regular-season stretch drive when he produced 10 points (5G-5A) over the final 11 games, before going on to score four times, and totaling six points, in 24 playoff games.

Cullen scored the game-winning goal in two of Pittsburgh’s four wins against the New York Rangers in the opening round of the playoffs after notching four game-winners during the regular season, his highest total in 10 years. He was also a key member of the NHL’s fifth-best penalty killing unit, and the Penguins’ most-reliable faceoff man with a regular-season success rate of 55.7 percent.

Originally drafted by the Anaheim Ducks in the second round (35th overall) of the 1996 NHL Draft, Cullen has compiled 658 career points (235G-423A) in 1,294 regular-season games with Anaheim, Florida, Carolina, the New York Rangers, Ottawa, Minnesota, Nashville and Pittsburgh.

The graduate of St. Cloud State has added 47 points (16G-31A) in 98 career NHL playoff games.

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