Cullen signs 3-year, $10.5M contract

Updated: July 1, 2010, 10:14 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

Minnesota Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher took all of three seconds -- by his estimate -- to call Matt Cullen after NHL free agency began at 11 a.m. local time.

By Thursday evening, the Wild and Cullen had a deal that gives the team a versatile, hardworking veteran center and gives the Minnesota native a three-year contract to play in his home state.

Cullen will earn an average of $3.5 million per year over the three years for a total of $10.5 million.

"He was ...

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