Signed as a free agent by New Jersey, May 31, 1985. Traded to Winnipeg by New Jersey with New Jersey's 7th round choice (Doug Evans) in 1989 Entry Draft for Steve Rooney and Winnipeg's 3rd round choice (Brad Bombardir) in 1990 Entry Draft, July 19, 1988. Traded to Chicago by Winnipeg for Chicago's 4th round choice (Allain Roy) in 1989 Entry Draft, January 19, 1989. Traded to Pittsburgh by Chicago for future considerations, March 6, 1990. Signed as a free agent by Detroit, July 5, 1990.
The groove of being behind a bench is going to be interesting at first, but thank God we have a few exhibition games to get rid of those cobwebs. Overall the excitement of it all and the freshness and coming back refreshed, all those things are going to be assets. If [the players] come ready to give their best effort in practice and games, good things are going to happen. I'm always looking for results. It's not always on the scoreboard. It's winning and building something.
— Bryan Trottier on making his return to coaching as an assistant with the Sabres