MONTREAL, QC - OCTOBER 17: Right wing Alex Kovalev #27 of the Ottawa Senators during the NHL game against the Ottawa Senators on October 17, 2009 at the Bell Center in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Francois Lacasse/OSA Images/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