Wild GM Chuck Fletcher Believes Team is Taking Shape With Camp Approaching

August 31, 2017 10:14 AM

The Minnesota Wild have been busy this offseason signing players they hope can get them closer to winning a Stanley Cup. One of the players Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher brought in is three-time Stanley Cup champion and former Wild center Matt Cullen.

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Born on the Iron Range and raised in Moorhead, Cullen returns to his homestate after a two season stint with the Pittsburgh Penguins where he was part of back-to-back Stanley Cup campaigns.

"He (Matt Cullen) brings a lot of everything, experience, great veteran presence in the dressing room, but the biggest thing is Matt can still play. He had thirty one points last year, he can move up and down the line up, he can play center, right wing, he can play 3-on-3 in overtime and he can win shootouts. Matt can do a little bit of everything for us," said Fletcher.

The biggest offseason transactions for the Wild is probably re-signing two of their own - Mikael Granlund and Nino Niederreiter - to long-term extensions.

"(Granlund) got up to 69 points and was one of the top 20 scorers in the league. He's a player we drafted, he's grown up here, fans have seen him grow up too. Nino (Niederreiter) is a big strong guy. We're thrilled he committed five years to our team. They were two and three on our team in goals scored behind Eric Staal. They're the top offensive contributors, they have great character and will be here a while," Fletcher added.

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Jeff Brioschi

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