Return of Matt Cullen to Minnesota Wild Uncertain
Minnesota Wild forward Matt Cullen is set to become an unrestricted free agent come this July. He is among a number of Minnesota players to become free agents this summer including forward Pierre-Marc Bouchard, goaltender Niklas Backstrom, forward Stephane Veilleux and defensemen Justin Falk and Brett Clark.
Cullen is part of the Wild’s top line with Bouchard and when they were at their best, the team would too. He recorded 27 points (7G, 20A) this season making him fourth on the team for both goals and assists.
With the cap going down, the Wild’s general manager, Chuck Fletcher, will have some tough decisions to make as he will not be able to keep all the players set to become free agents this July. His job is to make the team more competitive and he has said that is what he will do, but that the changes will not be as major as last off-season.
There is also some talk of Cullen’s possible retirement after 15 years in the NHL and his decision seems to be based on whether or not Minnesota wants to re-sign him as he told Brian Hall of Fox Sports North:
“I’m going to have to look into it,” Cullen said of his future after the season ended. “I’m going to need some time to sit down and think, spend some time with the family and take a step back from everything. You never want to make any decisions when you’re disappointed or emotional, I guess. Those emotions are still pretty raw losing just a few nights ago. So, take some time and think things over.”