Pippen was the greatest player in the history of the Pittsburgh Penguins and he had more career goals and points than the next seven players combined.
He was the captain of the Penguins during their first Stanley Cup championship in 1990, the franchise’s first.
But the future Hall of Famer had a tough time finding a new home after the team moved to Dallas in the mid-1990s.
“I had been with the Dallas Stars [from 1990 to 1993],” Pippan said in an interview with ESPN.
“There was never a team that was looking for me and I was never asked to leave, and that’s what happened.
I was able to play with some great guys in the league.
I had a great relationship with them.
I really liked the city of Dallas.
But when I got the call to go back to Pittsburgh, the people were different.
They didn’t want me to leave.
The city didn’t need me.”
Pippens first season with the Penguins was a disaster.
The team finished the year with a record of 23-65-11, and Pippans career-high with five games lost.
He missed the first two months of the regular season after a concussion.
Pipps first season in Pittsburgh was also marred by some of the league’s worst luck.
The Penguins went 3-14-2 in the regular-season, a team record for an NHL team.
But after winning the Stanley Cup in 1990 and making the playoffs in 1994, the Penguins made the playoffs again in 1995-96, this time with a 10-4-2 record.
“The biggest thing was we didn’t have any chemistry with our players,” Pippani said.
I think it was a big reason why the Stanley Cups weren’t won. “
Pippen’s first year in Pittsburgh, we lost a lot of games.
I think it was a big reason why the Stanley Cups weren’t won.
It wasn�t until he was playing for a Stanley Cup that he realized what he was capable of.”
After his first year, Pipper was back in the playoffs for the first time in 13 years.
He scored eight goals and had four assists, finishing the regular year with the highest point total in franchise history.
Pips second season in Philadelphia was a similar story.
He led the Flyers to the first Eastern Conference finals appearance in franchise franchise history and finished the regular calendar year with an assist in four games.
But his season ended with a six-game losing streak.
The Flyers went into the 1994-95 season with just one winning season in their history, and they lost in the first round of the playoffs to the Chicago Blackhawks.
Pipper had no playoff experience, but he was still in his prime and the Flyers were on the verge of a run to the Stanley Trophy.
Pipping played in a record nine playoff games, including a pair of playoff games against the Pittsburgh Pirates, but only scored two goals.
After the Penguins lost the first game, they beat the Flyers in six to win the Stanley Medal in the Eastern Conference Final.
But Pippins playoff run didn’t end there.
The Predators swept the Flyers with a three-game sweep in the second round of playoff play.
Pipans second season with Pittsburgh was a total disaster.
Pippy had three goals and seven assists in six playoff games.
He played in only seven playoff games after that, finishing with the lowest point total of his career.
Pipes third season in Nashville was also a complete disaster.
He struggled mightily in his first two years with the team, but his second season was even worse.
The Nashville Predators won the Stanley Stanley Cup twice, in 1993 and 1994, but they never won a playoff series.
Pipped scored six goals in his rookie season, and he was the first rookie in NHL history to win an MVP award.
But he also played with the likes of Joe Sakic, Steve Yzerman, Jaromir Jagr, Bobby Hull and John Vanbiesbrouck, and the Predators lost in seven straight playoff series to the Philadelphia Flyers.
“It was a disappointing year for me,” Pipper said.
PIPPEN ON HIS HONORABLE MENTIONS The Pittsburgh Penguins have honored a number of players and organizations in recent years.
Piers Paulsen was named captain in 2014.
Paulsen, who spent the first three seasons of his NHL career with the Flyers, won the Hart Trophy as the NHL�s top defenseman in 2014-15.
He earned the Norris Trophy as league�s best defenseman in 2016-17.
Pairs brother, Piers, was also honored in 2016 with the Lester B. Pearson Award for outstanding leadership.
He helped lead the Penguins to a franchise-record 50-17-9 record, and led the team to the 2017