1993–94 Pittsburgh Penguins season

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1993–94 Pittsburgh Penguins
Northeast Division Champions
Division 1st Northeast
Conference 2nd Eastern
1993–94 record 44–27–13
Home record 25–9–8
Road record 19–18–5
Goals for 299
Goals against 285
Team information
General Manager Craig Patrick
Coach Eddie Johnston
Captain Mario Lemieux
Alternate captains Ron Francis
Kevin Stevens
Bryan Trottier
Arena Pittsburgh Civic Arena
Team leaders
Goals Kevin Stevens (41)
Assists Jaromir Jagr (67)
Points Jaromir Jagr (99)
Penalties in minutes Ulf Samuelsson (199)
Wins Tom Barrasso (22)
Goals against average Roberto Romano (1.44)
<1992–93 1994–95>

The 1993–94 Pittsburgh Penguins season was the Penguins' twenty-seventh season in the National Hockey League (NHL).

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

The Penguins moved into the newly formed Northeast Division (competing against the teams that made up the old Adams Division) and won their third division crown in four seasons. This season marked the return to the Penguins and to the bench of head coach Eddie Johnston. Under EJ's guidance the Pens racked up a 101 point season, their second straight 100 point season and second in franchise history. The Northeast Division title earned them a #2 seed and a first round playoff date with the Washington Capitals. The Caps won the series in 6 games, which to date is the only series victory that the Capitals have earned over the rival Penguins.

Of note from the season:
The Penguins were not shut out in any of their 84 regular-season games.
Injuries limited Mario Lemieux to only 22 regular season games.
Rookie Markus Naslund made his NHL debut. Other rookies debuting for the Penguins were Chris Tamer, Greg Andrusak, Ed Patterson, Pat Neaton, Rob Dopson, Justin Duberman, and Ladislav Karabin.
Each team during the 1993-1994 season played two neutral site games. The Penguins played, and won, in Sacramento vs Buffalo and in Cleveland vs. Boston on Easter Sunday.
An offseason trade landed the Penguins Marty McSorely in exchange for Shawn McEachern. On February 16, the Pens and Kings made another trade, ironically with McSorely and McEachern again involved: the Pens traded McSorely and Jim Paek to LA for Tomas Sandstrom and McEachern.
Other trades: Paul Stanton to Boston for 3rd round pick 1994; Jeff Daniels to Florida for Greg Hawgood; Mike Needham to Dallas for Jim McKenzie
RW Martin Straka had his first ever 30 goal season.
C Brian Trottier unretired for one season and acted in a player/coach role, playing 41 games for the team as officially part of their coaching staff.
G Roberto Romano made his return to the Penguins (and to the NHL) after toiling in Italy since the 1987-1988 season. Romano went 1-0-1 in his two appearances for the Penguins, his last games in the NHL.
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Season standings[edit]

Northeast Division
No. CR GP W L T GF GA Pts
1 2 Pittsburgh Penguins 84 44 27 13 299 285 101
2 4 Boston Bruins 84 42 29 13 289 252 97
3 5 Montreal Canadiens 84 41 29 14 283 248 96
4 6 Buffalo Sabres 84 43 32 9 282 218 95
5 11 Quebec Nordiques 84 34 42 8 277 292 76
6 13 Hartford Whalers 84 27 48 9 227 288 63
7 14 Ottawa Senators 84 14 61 9 201 397 37

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Note: No. = Division rank, CR = Conference rank, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against, Pts = Points
       Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.

Eastern Conference
R GP W L T GF GA Pts
1 p-New York Rangers * 84 52 24 8 299 231 112
2 x-Pittsburgh Penguins * 84 44 27 13 299 285 101
3 New Jersey Devils 84 47 25 12 306 220 106
4 Boston Bruins 84 42 29 13 289 252 97
5 Montreal Canadiens 84 41 29 14 283 248 96
6 Buffalo Sabres 84 43 32 9 282 218 95
7 Washington Capitals 84 39 35 10 277 263 88
8 New York Islanders 84 36 36 12 282 264 84
9 Florida Panthers 84 33 34 17 233 233 83
10 Philadelphia Flyers 84 35 39 10 294 314 80
11 Quebec Nordiques 84 34 42 8 277 292 76
12 Tampa Bay Lightning 84 30 43 11 224 251 71
13 Hartford Whalers 84 27 48 9 227 288 63
14 Ottawa Senators 84 14 61 9 201 397 37
Final standings

bold – Qualified for playoffs; x – Won division; p – Won Presidents' Trophy (and division); * – Division leader

Schedule and results[edit]

1993–94 Schedule
Legend:           = Win           = Loss           = Tie

Playoffs[edit]

Lost to the Washington Capitals in 6 games

Player statistics[edit]

Skaters
Goaltenders
Regular Season[5]
Player GP TOI W L T OT GA GAA SA SV% SO G A PIM
Barrasso, TomTom Barrasso 44 2,481:59 22 15 5 2 139 3.36 1,304 0.893 2 0 1 42
Wregget, KenKen Wregget 42 2,455:53 21 12 7 0 138 3.37 1,291 0.893 1 0 1 8
Romano, RobertoRoberto Romano 2 125:00 1 0 1 0 3 1.44 56 0.946 0 0 0 0
Dopson, RobRob Dopson 2 45:25 0 0 0 0 3 3.96 23 0.870 0 0 0 0
Total 5,108:17 44 27 13 2 283 3.32 2,674 0.894 3 0 2 50
Playoffs[6]
Player GP TOI W L OT GA GAA SA SV% SO G A PIM
Barrasso, TomTom Barrasso 6 356:22 2 4 0 17 2.86 162 0.895 0 0 0 4
Total 356:22 2 4 0 17 2.86 162 0.895 0 0 0 4

Denotes player spent time with another team before joining the Penguins. Stats reflect time with the Penguins only.
Denotes player was traded mid-season. Stats reflect time with the Team only.
Bold/italics denotes franchise record.

Awards and records[edit]

Awards[edit]

Player Award
Tom Barrasso Edward J. DeBartolo Community Service Award
Ron Francis Most Valuable Player Award
Player's Player Award
Booster Club Award
Bob Johnson Memorial Award
NHL Second team All-Star
Jaromir Jagr Bowser Pontiac Leading Point Scorer Award
Joe Mullen Molson Breweries USA Baz Bastien Memorial "Good Guy" Award
Bob Johnson Memorial Award
Unsung Hero Award
Kevin Stevens Pittsburgh Penguins Masterton Nominee
Ken Wregget Edward J. DeBartolo Community Service Award

Transactions[edit]

The Penguins were involved in the following transactions during the 1993–94 season:[7]

Trades[edit]

August 27, 1993 To Los Angeles Kings:

Shawn McEachern

To Pittsburgh Penguins:

Marty McSorley

October 8, 1993 To Boston Bruins:

Paul Stanton

To Pittsburgh Penguins:

1994 third round pick (#73–Greg Crozier)

February 15, 1994 To Los Angeles Kings:

Marty McSorley
Jim Paek

To Pittsburgh Penguins:

Shawn McEachern
Tomas Sandstrom

March 19, 1994 To Florida Panthers:

Jeff Daniels

To Pittsburgh Penguins:

Greg Hawgood

March 21, 1994 To Dallas Stars:

Mike Needham

To Pittsburgh Penguins:

Jim McKenzie

Free agents[edit]

Player Acquired from Lost to Date
Steve Bancroft Florida Panthers August 2, 1993
Todd Hawkins Toronto Maple Leafs August 20, 1993
Dave Tippett Philadelphia Flyers August 30, 1993
Doug Brown New Jersey Devils September 28, 1993
Roberto Romano Boston Bruins October 7, 1993

Waivers[edit]

Player Claimed from Lost to Date
Mike Stapleton Edmonton Oilers February 19, 1994
Larry DePalma New York Islanders March 9, 1994

Signings[edit]

Player Date
Greg Brown September 29, 1993
Ladislav Karabin October 10, 1993

Personnel[edit]

Draft picks[edit]

The Penguins' selected eleven players at the 1993 NHL Entry Draft.[8]

Round Pick # Player Position Nationality College/junior/club team (league)
1 26 Stefan Bergqvist Defense  Sweden Leksands IF (SEL)
2 52 Domenic Pittis Center  Canada Lethbridge Hurricanes (WHL)
3 62[a] Dave Roche Left Wing  Canada Peterborough Petes (OHL)
4 104 Jonas Andersson-Junkka Defense  Sweden Kiruna (Sweden)
5 130 Chris Kelleher Defense  United States Saint Sebastian's (Mass. H.S.)
6 156 Patrick Lalime Goaltender  Canada Shawinigan Cataractes (QMJHL)
7 182 Sean Selmser Left Wing  Canada Red Deer Rebels (WHL)
8 208 Larry Mcmorran Center  Canada Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL)
9 234 Timothy Harberts Center  United States Wayzata H.S. (Minn)
10 260 Leonid Toropchenko Center  Russia Springfield Indians (AHL)
11 286 Hans Jonsson Defense  Sweden Modo Hockey Ornskoldsvik (SEL)
Draft notes[9]

Farm teams[edit]

The IHL's Cleveland Lumberjacks finished last in the Atlantic Division with a 31-36-14 record.

The Louisville Icehawks of the East Coast Hockey League finished fifth in the West Division with a 16-44-8 record, qualifying for the playoffs. They upset the Brabham Cup champion Knoxville Cherokees in the first round before being swept by the Birmingham Bulls in the second round.

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