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

first_imgIn 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). Related News “Matt’s knowledge of the game and understanding of our organization will make him a valuable asset moving forward,” Rutherford said in a statement. “With over 20 years in the NHL and three Stanley Cups, we are certain he will continue to have a positive influence on our players.”Cullen recorded 36 goals and 47 assists for 83 points in 225 regular-season games with the Penguins. He served as an alternate captain in parts of each of his three seasons with Pittsburgh, and his seven shorthanded goals during that span were more than any other Penguin. 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. Alex Meruelo purchase of Coyotes finalized, making him NHL’s first Latino majority owner NHL trade news: Penguins deal Phil Kessel to Coyotes for Alex Galchenyuk, prospect Coyotes captain Oliver Ekman-Larsson bitten by dog, hospitalized In his new role, Cullen will work closely with Rutherford, coach Mike Sullivan and his staff.”Cully was a cerebral player with great leadership skills,” Sullivan in a statement. “He is a natural coach who will offer great insight to our coaching staff and to our players. We look forward to adding him to our staff.”Originally drafted by the Ducks in the second round (35th overall) of the 1996 NHL Draft, Cullen recorded 10 or more goals in 16 of his 21 seasons, including a career-best 25 goals during the Hurricanes’ 2005-06 championship season. He also eclipsed the 40-point mark seven times.last_img read more

MLB wrap: Zack Greinke picks up win in Astros debut

first_imgChi Chi Gonzalez was tagged with the loss. Studs of the NightBo Bichette went 2 for 5 in the Blue Jays’ 7-6 extra-inning loss to the Rays and became the first batter to ever have 10-or-more extra base hits in the first nine games of his career. He also became the first Toronto player to start his career with a nine-game hitting streak.The Brewers got it done without Christian Yelich, who was held out of the game for rest, after Yasmani Grandal had two doubles and an RBI in a 4-3 win against the Pirates.Jose Abreu hit a home run and drove in three runs as the White Sox beat the Tigers, 5-3, to split a doubleheader.Duds of the NightMookie Betts was 0 for 4 in the Red Sox’s 6-2 loss to the Royals.The Marlins couldn’t get anything going as they were shut out by the Mets, 5-0. HighlightsMike Tauchman’s reaction to his own over-the-wall catch was almost better than the play itself. MLB trade deadline: Astros ‘can’t believe’ they landed Zack Greinke, GM says Mariners’ Tim Beckham suspended 80 games after positive PED test The Astros “couldn’t believe” they landed Zack Greinke before the MLB trade deadline, and he came away with a win in his team debut Tuesday.The ace pitched six innings, allowing five runs off seven hits while striking out two and walking two against the Rockies.   Rich Hill injury update: Dodgers could use lefty out of bullpen in playoffs Mike Tauchman has earned his pinstripes. pic.twitter.com/NFTxBhZXTE— MLB (@MLB) August 7, 2019Ronald Acuña Jr. was definitely ready for the first pitch.You think @ronaldacunajr24 was ready for the 1st pitch? 😱 #Crushed pic.twitter.com/adfeDV6qOf— MLB (@MLB) August 7, 2019What’s Next?Rangers (58-54) at Indians (66-46), 1:10 p.m. ET — The Rangers squeaked by the Indians in the series opener, but had to wait to face Cleveland again after Tuesday’s game was postponed due to weather. Now, the two teams will play a doubleheader Wednesday. The Indians are trying to gain some ground on the American League Central-leading Twins. Greinke got some support from Yordan Alvarez’s two-run homer in the bottom of the second inning and Houston managed to pull away late for an 11-6 victory over Colorado.Nothing new here… Just Yordan, upper tank!#TakeItBack pic.twitter.com/K9kcMcoQZg— Houston Astros (@astros) August 7, 2019The Rockies scored two runs in the fourth inning and three more in the sixth. Colorado added another run in the seventh but it wasn’t enough to catch up to the streaking Astros, who have now won five in a row. Related Newslast_img read more