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Florida adds AHL All-Star Cullen

The Florida Panthers, parent club of the AHL’s Rochester Americans, announced today that the club has agreed to terms with center Mark Cullen to a one-year, two way contract.

“We are pleased to have signed Mark and we welcome him to the Florida Panthers,” said Tallon. “He is a hard-working forward who has experience on both the National Hockey League and the American Hockey League levels.”

Cullen, 31, paced the Rockford IceHogs (AHL) last season with 53 points (21-32-53) in 62 games played and represented the team at the 2010 AHL All-Star Classic. The Virginia, Minn., native posted the best numbers of his professional career during the 2005-06 campaign when he scored 29 goals and added 39 assists as a member of the Norfolk Admirals.

Cullen has appeared in 476 career AHL games with Rockford, Manitoba, Grand Rapids, Philadelphia, Norfolk and Houston, totaling 138 goals and 240 assists for 378 points. He won a Calder Cup championship as a rookie with Houston in 2003 and was the recipient of the Fred T. Hunt Award for sportsmanship, determination and dedication to hockey in 2005-06.

For his career in the National Hockey League, Cullen has played in 32 contests with Chicago (2005-06) and Philadelphia (2006-07) scoring seven goals with nine assists.