Matt Cullen #7 of the Minnesota Wild celebrates after scoring a goal against goalie Roberto Luongo #1 of the Vancouver Canucks during the third period in NHL action on March 18, 2013 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
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Preds stay busy, sign Cullen: two years, $7 million


Heading into free agency, David Poile said his team had money to spend on top-six forwards.

On Friday, he lived up to his word.

Shortly after signing Viktor Stalberg to a four-year, $12 million deal, the Preds inked veteran center Matt Cullen to a two-year, $7 million deal.

Cullen, 36, had an effective 2013 campaign with Minnesota, scoring 27 points in 42 games. He has a ton of playoff experience and won a Stanley Cup with Carolina in 2006, and should provide a similar two-way game to that of Preds center Mike Fisher.

There were a number of suitors for Cullen’s services once it was determined he’d be leaving Minnesota. Detroit was believed to be interested, but went a different direction by agreeing to terms with ex-Florida center Stephen Weiss.

Flames release Ryan Wilson from PTO

Ryan Wilson, Sidney Crosby
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The Calgary Flames have released Ryan Wilson from his professional tryout.

The 28-year-old was trying to make a comeback after missing 79 games with a shoulder injury last season.

Even with T.J. Brodie sidelined because of a broken hand, Wilson still faced long odds to make the final roster.

The veteran will be hard-pressed to find NHL work with another team.

He hasn’t suited up in more than 12 regular season games since 2011-12.

The Stockton Heat, Calgary’s AHL affiliate, also made some news on Sunday.

The club announced that they’ve signed Colton Orr to an AHL contract.

The 33-year-old tough guy suited up in just one game for the Toronto Maple Leafs last season. He has 12 seasons of NHL experience under his belt.

‘Yotes return Dylan Strome to OHL

Dylan Strome, Nikita Nikitin

The Arizona Coyotes have returned Dylan Strome to the Erie Otters of the OHL.

Strome, 18, was the third overall pick in the 2015 NHL draft.

The 6’3, 185 pounder was hoping to stick with the Coyotes this season, but the team decided to take the conservative approach with their top prospect.

Strome will look to build off an incredible junior season that saw him score 45 goals and 129 points in 68 games.

Strome seems to be taking the demotion in stride.

The team also announced that they’ve assigned goaltender Louis Domingue and forward Matthias Plachta to their AHL affiliate in Springfield.

Domingue, 23, had a 1-2-1 record with a 2.73 goals-against-average and a .911 save percentage in seven games last season.

Plachta, a free agent signing, will begin his first pro season in North America. The 24-year-old had 14 goals and 35 points in the German League last season.