RALEIGH, NC - OCTOBER 27: Eric Staal #12 (C) of the Carolina Hurricanes skates through teammates during their pregame warmup prior to a NHL game against the Washington Capitals on October 27, 2010 at RBC Center in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Gregg Forwerck/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