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Preds stay busy, sign Cullen: two years, $7 million

Jul 5, 2013, 2:20 PM EDT

Matt Cullen #7 of the Minnesota Wild celebrates after scoring a goal against goalie Roberto Luongo #1 of the Vancouver Canucks during the third period in NHL action on March 18, 2013 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
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Heading into free agency, David Poile said his team had money to spend on top-six forwards.

On Friday, he lived up to his word.

Shortly after signing Viktor Stalberg to a four-year, $12 million deal, the Preds inked veteran center Matt Cullen to a two-year, $7 million deal.

Cullen, 36, had an effective 2013 campaign with Minnesota, scoring 27 points in 42 games. He has a ton of playoff experience and won a Stanley Cup with Carolina in 2006, and should provide a similar two-way game to that of Preds center Mike Fisher.

There were a number of suitors for Cullen’s services once it was determined he’d be leaving Minnesota. Detroit was believed to be interested, but went a different direction by agreeing to terms with ex-Florida center Stephen Weiss.

  1. rsmaggiemae - Jul 5, 2013 at 2:35 PM

    Good for Cullen, as I am sure he really needs the money ,, cant believe that over his long career he has not saved a ton of money and at his age should be set for life…
    Remember… Parise and Suter signed for a lot less money to come home to the Wild. so why couldnt Cullen sign for a little less to stay home???? Just pure greed…
    Parise and Suter also came here due to the fact that the Wild have top notch young players coming up the system and in 2-3 years the Wild should be a great team and I doubt they came here to play with Cullen

    Also. I think that Poile is doing this as retribution for Suter leaving so he got Cullen. but what really bothers me is now they have Stalberg also and Jones…

    I am not sad to see Cullen go… many of the players in the ufa are just not considering the money, but how they wll be played and where they will go but I think in Cullens case just greed
    Did he ever talk to management in taking less money, I doubt it…
    If he really,really wanted to stay a Wild player he would have taken a little less in salary…
    I know many of you will disagree with me and thats ok.. just my opinion

    • sknut - Jul 5, 2013 at 2:49 PM

      Cullen made about 3 million last year so 3.5 isn’t a huge raise and the reason he left is a) The WIld were limited on cap space and b) Fletcher didn’t want to sign a 36 year old to stop the development of the youngsters i.e. Coyle and Grandlund, it sucks to lose him but he wasn’t being greedy at all.

    • cmmorgan32 - Jul 5, 2013 at 5:05 PM

      Cullen needing the money? I doubt that. Just like I highly doubt Poile signing Cullen was “retribution” for Suter signing with the Wild. The fact of the matter is that Minnesota has very little cap space this year. If getting a 500k raise is “being greedy”, than Zach and Ryan must be as greedy as they come because they wouldn’t have looked for a massive payday as free agents last year.

  2. hines86for6 - Jul 5, 2013 at 3:08 PM

    sure sounds like you’re sad to see him go. why else type out that long of a post?

  3. titansbro - Jul 5, 2013 at 3:11 PM

    Yes, yes, let the butthurt flow through you.

  4. edenprairieballer - Jul 5, 2013 at 3:22 PM

    I have no idea what the first person is trying to say. Part of the reason Cullen had to go is because Parise and Suter have such huge contracts. Easy for you to say “hey, take less money to play for my favorite team!”

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