Matt Cullen could have retired a back-to-back champ or re-signed in Pittsburgh for a chance to three-peat.

Instead, the born and bred Minnesotan and former St. Cloud State standout has made a family decision and decided to return for a second stint and 20th NHL season with his home-state Wild.

Cullen’s deal is for one year at $1 million, with another $700,000 possible in performance bonuses.

Cullen, who turns 41 in November, was leaning toward retirement in June after winning a second consecutive Stanley Cup with the Penguins. The man called, “Dad,” inside the Penguins locker room and among the passionate Pens’ fan base wants to give it at least one last go by moving his family back to Minnesota. The signing comes seven years after first signing with the Wild and just two weeks before he’ll celebrate in Moorhead with the Stanley Cup for a third time.