"I've liked Trevor his whole career," Rutherford said, according to Pierre LeBrun of ESPN. "My friend Bobby Orr had been telling me for five years how good he is. I've always agreed with him, but just could never swing a deal for him. It's our good fortune that things didn't work out for him in Chicago. He became available; we were looking for more speed to our defense and (to) get a better transition game."
Daley, who never fit in during his limited time with the Blackhawks, played a huge role in Pittsburgh's Game 4 overtime win over the Washington Capitals.
Called to step up in the absence of a suspended Kris Letang, Daley saw almost 29 minutes of ice time, scored once on three shots, and was on the ice for all of Pittsburgh's goals.
Orr apparently knows good defensemen when he sees them.
The Pittsburgh Penguins have the Washington Capitals on the ropes thanks to a Patric Hornqvist overtime goal in Game 4 on Wednesday, giving Pittsburgh a commanding 3-1 series lead. The goal was the 29-year-old's second of the series and the latest accolade to get his coach's attention.
"It's hard not to love this guy," Sullivan said of Hornqvist, according to NHL.com's Wes Crosby. "He just loves hockey. He loves being around it. He loves to compete. He's full of energy. He wears his emotions right on his sleeve, sometimes to a fault, but we love him."
It's no surprise that the young Swede is garnering such affection, his goal Wednesday night increased his team playoff lead by two.
In fact, Hornqvist's five goals through nine playoff contests has him tied for fourth in postseason goal scoring, just two tallies behind Tampa Bay Lighting forward Nikita Kucherov for top spot.
Continued production from Hornqvist adds to an already potent lineup that includes superstars Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby, making the Penguins a legitimate threat to capture Lord Stanley's Mug.
Thanks to an overtime win in Game 4 on Wednesday, the Pittsburgh Penguins are one win away from eliminating the Presidents' Trophy-winning Washington Capitals and advancing to the Eastern Conference finals.
And much of the credit goes to the Penguins' depth.
Currently slotted to Crosby's right on the Penguins' top line, Hornqvist has quietly been an effective scorer for Pittsburgh, scoring 47 goals in 126 regular-season games.
Hornqvist scored the overtime winner in Wednesday's Game 4, marking his team-leading fifth of the playoffs - tied for third among all players.
His previous single-postseason high in points was four in 10 games with Nashville back in 2012, which he's already doubled in one fewer contest. With at least another round likely on tap, Hornqvist appears set to fully justify Rutherford's decision to jettison a former 40-goal scorer.
Acquired straight up from Chicago in December for Rob Scuderi, Trevor Daley has proven to be an effective and mobile puck-moving defenseman for the Penguins.
In nine playoff games, he's recorded one goal, four assists, and 18 shots while averaging over 23 minutes of ice time a night.
Daley also stepped up huge Wednesday in the absence of Kris Letang, who was serving a one-game suspension.
The already eliminated Blackhawks must be wondering why they couldn't make the Daley show work for them.
Nick Bonino / Carl Hagelin
Last summer, Rutherford flipped third-line center Brandon Sutter to Vancouver for Nick Bonino (in a deal that included other spare parts). All Bonino has done so far in the postseason is match Crosby and Malkin with a team-high nine points.
Bonino was called on to fill the void on the second line late in the regular season due to a Malkin injury. He quickly developed amazing chemistry with Kessel and Carl Hagelin, the fourth of Rutherford's shrewd acquisitions.
Hagelin, picked up from Anaheim back in January for David Perron and Adam Clendening, recorded 27 points in 37 regular-season games for Pittsburgh after posting only 12 in 43 games with the Ducks.
The trio's dynamic speed and crafty skill has flummoxed the opposition in recent weeks, combining for 10 points in four games so far against the Capitals.
While Rutherford inherited gold in the form of the Penguins' superstars, he appears to have built a bona fide contending roster around them, accomplishing the main task set before him when he was hired.
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