Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins battles for the puck with Kim Johnsson of the Minnesota Wild in front of Wild goaltender Niklas Backstrom on November 18, 2008 at Mellon Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/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