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2010 NHL Free Agency: Minnesota hands Matt Cullen three-year, $10.5M deal

Jul 1, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

cullenmatt.jpgTo me, Matt Cullen evokes the old saying, “Jack of all trades, but a master of none.” Cullen seems like a good character guy, is an adequate defensive player, is well above average when it comes to face-offs and can put the puck in the net on occasion. Rarely would you say that he’s the best – or even elite – in any of those areas, though.

Yet the Minnesota Wild seem quite impressed with the versatile center, signing him to a surprisingly robust three-year, $10.5 million deal according to Nick Kypreos. That’s $3.5 million per year, cap-hit wise.

Now, don’t get me wrong, Cullen is far from a bad player. I just think it’s a hefty price for a solid, likable but seemingly replaceable set of skills.

  1. Josh - Jul 1, 2010 at 9:07 PM

    You know what Cullen brings that no one else does? His player photo from the Hurricanes was him with a dead-on Alfalfa haircut. Hilarious. But, aside from magical 2006, he isn’t worth 3.5M. That’s Erik Cole money, yo.

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