TAMPA, FL - DECEMBER 5: Ryan Malone #12 of the Tampa Bay Lightning talks with guest during warm-ups before the start of the game against the New York Islanders at the St. Pete Times Forum on December 5, 2009 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Scott Audette/NHLI via Getty Images)
He's, believe it or not, actually one of my favorite guys, and I've ended up trading him twice. I appreciate what he's done. He was one year away from being an unrestricted free agent, and I felt with this opportunity, that it was a chance that we were able to get somebody for him in Nick Bonino and Adam Clendening.
— Penguins GM Jim Rutherford on forward Brandon Sutter