SUNRISE, FL - APRIL 3: Keith Ballard #2 of the Florida Panthers battles for the puck against Todd White #12 of the Atlanta Thrashers at the Bank Atlantic Center on April 3, 2009 in Sunrise, Florida. (Photo by Eliot J. Schechter/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