VANCOUVER, CANADA - MARCH 14: Ryan Kesler #17 of the Vancouver Canucks listens to teammate David Booth #7 as he picks out his game sticks before their NHL game against the Phoenix Coyotes at Rogers Arena March 14, 2012 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/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