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PHT Morning Skate: Re-signing Cullen would be challenging for Wild

Jun 26, 2013, 7:14 AM EDT

Matt Cullen #7 of the Minnesota Wild shoots against the Chicago Blackhawks in Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the United Center on April 30, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois.
(April 29, 2013 - Source: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images North America) Getty Images

PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Given the Minnesota Wild’s cap situation, GM Chuck Fletcher acknowledged it would be “challenging, but not impossible” to re-sign Matt Cullen. The 36-year-old forward is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on July 5. (Star Tribune)

The Chicago Blackhawks don’t fit the traditional definition of a dynasty, but should we change our standards to reflect the parity of the salary cap era? (Puck Daddy)

Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen wanted a copy of his players’ recommend offseason workout routine because he wants to emulate it. “I’m not doing it to the extent the players are, I’m sure, but I try,” he said. Kekalainen, 46, is a former player that enjoyed a few brief stints in the NHL. (Columbus Dispatch)

As USA Hockey gets ready for the 2014 Olympics, they have unveiled the Women’s National Team’s 25-player roster. (USA Hockey)

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has congratulated the Blackhawks. (CSN Chicago)

Here’s an evaluation of Dustin Brown‘s 2013 campaign. (LA Kings Insider)

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  3. 19to77 - Jun 26, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    It’s not realistically possible to have a dynasty in the cap era. The Pens for all their glory have more first-round exits than Cups since drafting Crosby and Malkin and the ‘Hawks may have two Cups, but much of the team is different and over the next two years they’ll have to part with several depth guys yet again due to expiring rookie contracts. It’s not possible to build an old-school dynasty in an age of this much parity. Seems like a good thing, honestly. You can’t just pencil the winner in at the start of the season anymore like you could with the Habs, Isles and Oilers in their prime.

  4. ashtongronholz8 - Jun 26, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    It won’t be difficult to sign Cullen. Either he signs here or retires its as simple as that.

    • bethgoesglobal - Jun 28, 2013 at 12:52 AM

      I’m not so sure… if Wild can’t re-sign him there may well be some teams who would mind grabbing him for a year. He would be a great role-model (teacher) to younger guys and more importantly he could well fill a void on teams where center prospects may still be a year or two off, or in need of a solid 3rd line center.
      Regardless, he certainly has a little left in the tank (IMHO)

  5. northstarnic - Jun 26, 2013 at 4:45 PM

    The injury to Heater continues to handicap the Wilds. If they could, the wild would buy out heatley and sign Cullen. Bummer, hope they can make it work, especially if they are keeping Seto. Those two (cullen and seto) have developed into an impressively complementary pair.

  6. bethgoesglobal - Jun 28, 2013 at 12:55 AM

    Ok, I’ll admit it, I don’t know the rules, but are you saying that because Heatley is injured they Can’t buy him out? That seems silly to me, but please let me know; I’m interested

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