GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 14: Zbynek Michalek #4, Oliver Ekman-Larsson #23 and goaltender Mike Smith #41 of the Phoenix Coyotes stand attended for the National Anthem before the NHL game against the Carolina Hurricanes at Jobing.com Arena on December 14, 2013 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/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