Free agent Cullen hasn't ruled out return to Wild

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Michael Russo of the Star Tribune reports that Matt Cullen is getting interest from "lots of teams" but he hasn't ruled out a possible return to Minnesota.

“I’m just waiting to hear what Minnesota’s doing, but in the meantime, I’ve taken some calls from other teams,” Cullen said. “It’s a weird deal the way it’s set up now and I’m just trying to go into this with as open as a mind as possible. Chuck’s been very up front and honest with me and I’ll continue to do the same thing with them and keep communicating.

“At the same time, I just have to field these calls and do that side of it too because I don’t know what’s going to happen. I’ll just see how many offers I have and see what I have for options here, and as the next couple days go on, I’ll get a clearer picture as to what they are and take a little time and figure out a decision.”

Cullen will officially become an unrestricted free agent at 11:00 a.m. Friday.

The Wild has already traded Cal Clutterbuck for Nino Niederreiter, but general manager Chuck Fletcher is just getting started, according to Russo.

On Thursday, Russo will release a list of defensemen the Wild could look into signing to improve depth on the blue line. Check back for that tomorrow.

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