Was there any buzz or fanfare on his return in 1993-94. I remember he had some front office job with the Islanders in 1992-93 and then all of a sudden he is playing hockey again the following season. Can anyone shed any light on what you remember from this whole time period of him coming back to play in the NHL.
Wikipedia claims (uncited) that he played the additional year because of financial troubles.
I have difficulty believing this, because his 1993-94 season was spent with the Penguins as a player/assistant coach. This suggests that he was still under contract through at least 1994 when he retired in 1992. He remained an assistant coach with Pittsburgh through 1997, took an AHL head coaching job in Portland, and then returned to the NHL as an assistant with Colorado (and got another ring in 2001).
I am not sure who Trottier's financial advisor was, but from what I remember he spnt a ton of money building rinks across New York State that never flied.
You know, I've often wondered what would have happened had Trottier stayed on the Pens for 1992-'93. This was a team that was really "loosy goosey" and there was much of a country club atmosphere surrounding the team. Trottier didn't have near the skill set anymore at that time but I wonder if he would have been able to light a fire under that team and prevent them from even getting into a Gam 7 with the Isles in the first place.