Matt Cullen


The Carolina Hurricanes have traded center Matt Cullen to Ottawa in exchange for defenseman Alexandre Picard and a 2010 2nd round draft pick.


The Senators get: A speedy, versatile center on pace for 55 points. Cullen will play on the second line, and may bump Mike Fisher to wing. He may also side down to play on the third line if the Senators want to keep Fisher at center. He can play the point on the power play as well, and will bump Ryan Shannon down the depth chart with the man advantage.

The Hurricanes get: A young defenseman capable of playing 18-20 minutes per night. He has had a bit of a rough season defensively, but he has some upside, and at 24 fits in perfectly with the youth movement that will begin very shortly in Carolina. The 2nd round pick is good value as well, and gives Carolina four picks in the top 60 for the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.


This move opens up a roster spot in Carolina for a young player. Brandon Sutter will take some of Cullen's power play minutes. I see Peter Regin lining up with Cullen and Alex Kovalev on the second line, which would give the Senators a third line of Shannon, Fisher, and Nick Foligno (when healthy).


Players impacted positively, in order:

1. Peter Regin

2. Tlusty/Boychuk/Bowman (whoever gets the call)

3. Cullen

4. Brandon Sutter


Players impacted negatively, in order:

1. Jonathan Cheechoo (kicked to the curb already - double hernia surgery has simply taken away his ability to be an NHL player)

2. Ryan Shannon

3. Mike Fisher (even if he keeps second line center spot, there will be fewer PP minutes to go around)

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Jocular Hockey Manager said:

Good for Cullen! Cullen has bounced around the NHL for a very long time, without ever really securing himself a top 6 position. He found PP time, but seemed to miss out on the ordinary respect that a fellow strives so hard to achieve. JP Dumont finally found the opportunity he required when he got to Nashville. Brad Boyes when he got to St. Louis. Markus Naslund when he got to Vancouver. Craig Conroy when he went to Calgary... There are quite a few examples. Cullen may be an interesting pickup, as he is potentially a similar guy. Oh, for the opportunity to play 20 minutes a night and step on the ice the moment the PP fires up! Wonder if there is a career year in the offing! (not to be confused with a major impact guy)
February 12, 2010
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Doug McLachlan said:

... Moving forward with the 'Canes, how will Picard impact McBain making the team next year?
February 12, 2010
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All-in said:

@ Stone Picard was now the odd men out of the roster. This will not have any effect on Karlsson play. As for Lee, I agree that he improved of one spot, but he’s still 7th or 8th in the chart. In fact, he’s not in Ottawa’s plan as few young guys will pass in front of him next year…
February 12, 2010
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STONE. said:

... Picard going might open door for larger role for Karlsson (not that he needed it) and perhaps Brian Lee?
February 12, 2010
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