Veteran NHL center Mike Cullen, 42, joins Penguins front office after retirement

Longtime NHL center Matt Cullen, who played three of the past four seasons with the Penguins, will move into Pittsburgh’s hockey operations department in a player development role, executive VP and GM Jim Rutherford announced Thursday.

For more than two decades, Cullen appeared in 1,516 games with the Ducks, Panthers, Hurricanes, Rangers, Senators, Wild, Predators and Penguins, putting the Virginia, Minnesota, native second in games played by an American-born player, behind only Chris Chelios (1,651), and 19th overall in NHL history.

In Cullen’s 21-season NHL career, he recorded 731 regular-season points (266 goals, 465 assists) and was part of three Stanley Cup winning teams: Carolina (2006) and Pittsburgh (2016 and ’17).

In total, Cullen played in 132 career playoff games, registering 58 points (19 goals, 39 assists).

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