Panthers Forward Mark Cullen Signs With Goon Squad Vityaz
Former Florida Panthers forward Mark Cullen has signed one-year deal with Vityaz Chekhov of the KHL.
Cullen was signed by the Minnesota Wild on April 8, 2002 after a fou r-year collegiate career at Colorado College. After three years of playing with theHouston Aeros of the AHL, Cullen signed with the Chicago Blackhawks on August 4, 2005. Splitting time with the Norfolk Admirals of the AHL and Chicago in the 2005–06 season, Cullen saw his first NHL action by playing in 29 games.
He signed with the Philadelphia Flyers in the off-season and played in 3 games with the Flyers in 2006–07, spending most of his time with affiliate, the Philadelphia Phantoms. He signed with the Detroit Red Wings on July 5, 2007, where he played for their minor league team the Grand Rapids Griffins of the AHL. He then signed with the Vancouver Canucks on July 4, 2008. During the 2009–10 season he returned to the Chicago Blackhawks organization and played for the Rockford IceHogs of the AHL.
On July 22, 2010, Cullen signed a one-year contract as a free agent with the Florida Panthers. Cullen missed the start of the 2010–11 season, after rupturing an Achilles Tendon at the Panthers training camp. On November 29, 2011, the Panthers recalled Cullen and he temporarily filled in as their fourth-line center for six games. In 38 career NHL games, Cullen has amassed 17 points, mainly in a fourth line role.