Pittsburgh Penguins v Washington Capitals - Game One
WASHINGTON - MAY 02: John Erskine #4 of the Washington Capitals and Jordan Staal #11 of the Pittsburgh Penguins both prepair for the start of the game during warm ups prior to Game One of the Eastern Conference Semifinal Round of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs on May 2, 2009 at the Verizon Center in Washington, DC. (Photo by Len Redkoles/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