MOORHEAD, Minn. - Matt Cullen is coming home. Whether the former Moorhead High School hockey standout and current National Hockey League center is staying home is the question.

“I don’t know,” Cullen said. “All season long I thought I was going to treat it like it my last year, and after the season was over I was going to take some time, let things calm down and see how the body feels. I was going to spend some time with the family and see if i could get motivated for another season.”

Cullen, 38, just played his 1,286th career NHL game, the final game of the 2014-15 season for the Nashville Predators. It was a 4-3 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 6 of the opening round of the playoffs. With his contract being up in July, Cullen has a decision to make.

“I really enjoyed the last part of the season,” said Cullen, who finished the season with 27 points in 68 games, including one assist and one goal in six playoff games. “The first part of the season was really straining. The last half of the season was great, including the playoffs. I had so much fun playing the game. I still absolutely love playing the game. I have to sit down and evaluate some things.”

As soon as his kids finish up school and the family is packed, the Cullens are headed back to Moorhead. Cullen said traveling is getting to be too much with sons ages 8, 6 and 4. Cullen has played on seven NHL teams mixed in with a stint in Italy in his career and he said his boys are at the age where one doesn’t want to be moving around.

“I’m going to spend as much time as I can and try to evaluate what i want to do,” Cullen said. “I know already in my head that there’s a few places, if I do decided to play, I’d consider going to. I want to be close to home. My family will be home (Moorhead) regardless next year.”

The Winnipeg Jets and the Minnesota Wild are NHL teams less than four hours away from Moorhead.

“I think it’ll be good just to get home and be home and see how it goes,” Cullen said. “I’m not in a rush to make a decision, so I’ll sit on it and I’ll talk to some friends that have recently retired.”

If he were to hang up the skates, he would finish with 231 goals - 19 of which came in the playoffs - and 436 assists - 29 in the playoffs - for his career. Cullen won a Stanley Cup with the Carolina Hurricanes in 2006.

But it’s not the stats he’ll remember.

“I’ve thought a lot about it. I’m just reflecting and looking back these days,” Cullen said. “There’s so many good memories. You think back on all the good buddies you’ve made and all the friends that you have. I absolutely love the game of hockey and I love playing it. It’s the guys that you get close with and make all the memories with that make it. You just really appreciate the good people that you got to be around and play the game with.”

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