PITTSBURGH - FEBRUARY 1: Forwards Matt Cooke #24 of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Drew Stafford #21 of the Buffalo Sabres crash into the boards as they chase down a loose puck in the first period on February 1, 2010 at Mellon Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/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