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Cullen embraces possible top line challenge with Preds

Jul 20, 2013, 9:12 PM EDT

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At 36, veteran forward Matt Cullen has experienced a lot of things in his NHL career. He hasn’t been a first-line center often – if ever – however.

That could very well be the case now that he’s a member of the Nashville Predators, as he’ll compete for ice time with other two-way centers such as Mike Fisher and David Legwand. Cullen told the Tennessean that he’s ready for whatever role Barry Trotz throws his way.

“As a competitor and an athlete, you always look for those situations to do more and make an impact on a game, on a team, and on a season,” Cullen said. “I’ve played a lot of hockey and feel like I have enough experience now where I’m comfortable with whatever is thrown at me, and I’m looking forward to any of those challenges.”

Helping to create offense for a team likely to be high on grit and low on finesse could indeed be an interesting challenge for Cullen in 2013.

  1. mnjoemama - Jul 21, 2013 at 7:36 AM

    Very upset Matt wasn’t even offered a contract. He out played mikko all season at 36 . 3 mil a year for him coulda been easy to do while still clearing cap space for next year. Parise and Cullen were team leaders last year, not our so called captain who can’t score or lead men!

    • gooterbaby - Jul 21, 2013 at 2:45 PM

      Cullen is injury prone despite the good condition he remains in he always seems to wear towards the end of the season and pick up a nagging injury that limits him along the way. Look at his numbers just with the Wild even if he is playing in March he doesn’t register many points down the stretch which could explain some of the Wilds struggles to make the playoffs. Don’t get me wrong he is a good two way center but he doesn’t put up the points that a #2 especially when Mikko and Brodziak were out there playing the tough minutes night in and night out.

  2. hosewater2 - Jul 21, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    Nashville scrambles to find talent to fill out roster

  3. rebekah319 - Jul 21, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    Cullen was not offered a contract due to the very limited cap space and it was bound to happen that he was just going to leave. I am sad and wish him good luck.

    Out played Mikko??? Really? Cant score? Really or lead? All not true at all for those of you who have actually paid close eye during the time he has been on this team he does not care about numbers or his flashy. He is a assistant king and has been the entire time he has played here.Honestly Wild fans need to lay off of Mikko and what he does on the ice because he does everything that is asked of him and more that is what makes him so great.
    So for everyone to just keep bashing him because he does not score enough goals for YOU ALL is just dumb and old! Is’nt that why you have other guys on this team to score goals?? That is why we got them.. scoring should not just be the Captains job! Sorry. That excuse has been overused too much!!!!!!!!!! Get over it watch what he does instead of what he does not do and just appreciate it.

  4. luvmnsports2012 - Jul 21, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    Good luck to Cullen, he’s a hell of a player!

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