Signed as a free agent by Philadelphia, April 2, 2012. Traded to NY Islanders by Philadelphia with Philadelphia's 3rd round choice (Ilya Sorokin) in 2014 Entry Draft and a 2nd round choice in 2015 Entry Draft for Andrew MacDonald, March 4, 2014.
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