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Finger surgery ends Matt Cullen’s season

Mar 27, 2012, 1:18 PM EDT

Marek Zidlicky, Jared Spurgeon, Marek Zidlicky AP

You can call it a bad break for Minnesota’s Matt Cullen.

Michael Russo of the Star Tribune reports that Cullen will be getting his broken finger operated on thus ending his season with the Wild.

In a season that’s seen so many injuries and general misfortune, the Wild losing Cullen for the final few games is the final kick in the shins. With 14 goals and 35 points, Cullen was the Wild’s fourth leading point producer.

With Minnesota already officially eliminated from making the postseason, losing anyone productive makes playing the spoiler that much harder. At least the move to go “Stinko for Grigorenko” is finally in full effect.

  1. gbiscottagecheesefatties - Mar 27, 2012 at 1:40 PM

    To be honest I really don’t know if the Wild would take Grigorenko if they had the chance…. He is a wild card top prospect that can easily go either way, bust or top 6 player… his attitude and dedication need serious work and I am not sure a team looking to improve now / next year is looking for that kind of a future player. I see them going with Yakupov (if they win the lottery), Forsberg, or Murray (I think Murray in the top 3 is crazy talk but who knows)

    either way I trust Fletcher and I would easily be happy with Grigorenko but I am not sure it’s the Wild’s way. Canadian or Scandinavian is how we have drafted for the last 10 years, Fletcher could throw a curve ball and go Russian tho, who knows.

    It will be an exciting summer for Minny

  2. greatminnesotasportsmind - Mar 27, 2012 at 1:50 PM

    I’m more of a Fail for Nail guy

    • illogic87 - Mar 28, 2012 at 9:31 AM

      Ok, rube…

  3. treydogg97 - Mar 27, 2012 at 5:12 PM

    Zucker just signed.

    • gbiscottagecheesefatties - Mar 27, 2012 at 5:21 PM

      Signed and will most likely be playing Thursday pending health. Good move by Fletcher. This will burn a year of his entry level contract I believe but it doesn’t matter that much when we still have Granlund / Coyle / Bulmer / Larsson / Phillips / 2012 draft pick to sign in the next year to 2 years as well… I wouldn’t be shocked if they try to sign Bulmer early too

      • gbiscottagecheesefatties - Mar 27, 2012 at 5:24 PM

        Nevermind, Bulmer is already signed. (I think), can’t remember but pretty sure now that I have thought about it for a minute.

        who knows, Go Zucker Go WILD!

      • treydogg97 - Mar 27, 2012 at 7:14 PM

        I believe they have Coyle and Phillips signed, too. Definitely need to make sure Granlund is locked up ONCE HIFK’s season is over.

      • gbiscottagecheesefatties - Mar 27, 2012 at 9:12 PM

        Granlund will sign, he has told Wild management he will sign once his season is done with (like you said) and or after World Championships… either way, he will be a Wild before the draft!

  4. greatminnesotasportsmind - Mar 27, 2012 at 10:56 PM

    Yes, Bulmer is signed. He played here earlier this year but was sent back before playing in his 10th game or Nov 1, which ever came first.

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