PITTSBURGH - OCTOBER 02: Matt Cooke #24 of the Pittsburgh Penguins jokes with Maxime Talbot #25 during the 2008-2009 Stanley Cup Champion banner raising ceremony prior to the game against the New York Rangers on October 2, 2009 at Mellon Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/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