1977–78 Pittsburgh Penguins season

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1977–78 Pittsburgh Penguins
Division 4th Norris
Conference 7th Wales
1977–78 record 25–37–18
Goals for 254
Goals against 321
Team information
General Manager Baz Bastien
Coach Johnny Wilson
Captain Jean Pronovost
Alternate captains None
Arena Pittsburgh Civic Arena
Team leaders
Goals Jean Pronovost (40)
Assists Greg Malone (43)
Points Jean Pronovost (65)
Penalties in minutes Dave Schultz (378)
Wins Denis Herron (20)
Goals against average Denis Herron (3.57)

The 1977–78 Pittsburgh Penguins season was their 11th in the National Hockey League. They finished fourth in the Norris Division, thus did not qualify for the Stanley Cup playoffs. This was their worst regular season since 1974, with only 68 points, and the first time since 1974 that the Penguins did not qualify for the playoffs.

Off-season[edit]

In the off-season head coach Ken Schinkel was replaced by former Kings, Red Wings and Rockies head coach Johnny Wilson. Veterans Vic Hadfield and Ed Van Impe retired. Defensive forward Bob Kelly's contract ended and he took his services to Chicago, while Captain Ron Schock was traded to the Sabres (Jean Pronovost was named captain in his place).

Regular season[edit]

In an attempt to replace Kelly general manager Baz Bastien acquired former Flyer enforcer Dave Schultz early in the season, but the price was high: Syl Apps, Jr., one of the team's all-time leading scorers. Schultz was traded the following season.

Frustrated with the performance of talented winger Pierre Larouche, Bastien dealt the 22-year-old to the Montreal Canadiens for veteran Pete Mahovlich and prospect Peter Lee on November 29, 1977. Larouche would go on to win two Stanley Cup championships with the Canadiens, while Mahovlich was traded to the Red Wings less than two years later. Lee would fail to live up to his promise, scoring an average of only 0.57 points per game over the course of six seasons with the Penguins.

Division standings[edit]

Norris Division
GP W L T GF GA Pts
Montreal Canadiens 80 59 10 11 359 183 129
Detroit Red Wings 80 32 34 14 252 266 78
Los Angeles Kings 80 31 34 15 243 245 77
Pittsburgh Penguins 80 25 37 18 254 321 68
Washington Capitals 80 17 49 14 195 321 48

[1]Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against

Note: Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.

Schedule and results[edit]

1977–78 Schedule
Legend:           = Win           = Loss           = Tie

Playoffs[edit]

The Penguins failed to make the playoffs for the first time since the 1973–74 season, ending their three season playoff streak.

Player statistics[edit]

Skaters
Goaltenders
Regular Season[3]
Player GP W L T GA SO
Herron, DenisDenis Herron 60 20 25 15 210 0
Wilson, DuncDunc Wilson 21 5 11 3 95 0
Redquest, GregGreg Redquest 1 0 0 0 3 0
Laxton, GordonGordon Laxton 2 0 1 0 9 0
Total 25 37 18 317 0

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 Penguins only.

Transactions[edit]

The Penguins were involved in the following transactions during the 1977–78 season:

Trades[edit]

September 20, 1977 To Buffalo Sabres

Ron Schock

To Pittsburgh Penguins

Brian Spencer

October 1, 1977 To Washington Capitals

rights to Don Awrey

To Pittsburgh Penguins

Bob Paradise

October 16, 1977 To Washington Capitals

1979 1st round pick

To Pittsburgh Penguins

Hartland Monahan

November 2, 1977 To Los Angeles Kings

Syl Apps Jr.
Hartland Monahan

To Pittsburgh Penguins

Gene Carr
Dave Schultz
1978 4th round pick

November 29, 1977 To Montreal Canadiens

Pierre Larouche
future considerations (rights to Peter Marsh)

To Pittsburgh Penguins

Peter Lee
Pete Mahovlich

December 2, 1977 To Colorado Rockies

Dennis Owchar

To Pittsburgh Penguins

Tom Edur

June 13, 1978 To Toronto Maple Leafs

Dave Burrows
1978 6th round pick

To Pittsburgh Penguins

Randy Carlyle
George Ferguson

Additions and subtractions[edit]

Additions
Player Former team Via
Tom Cassidy Boston Bruins free agency (1977-10-11)
John Flesch Minnesota North Stars free agency (1978-02-04)
Derek Sanderson Vancouver Canucks free agency (1978-03-14)
Subtractions
Player New team Via
Bob Kelly Chicago Black Hawks free agency (1977-08-17)
Peter Marsh Montreal Canadiens to complete trade that sent Pierre Larouche to Canadiens (1977-12-15)

Roster[edit]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age NHL Draft Birthplace
7 United States Anderson, RussellRussell Anderson D L 23 1975 Minneapolis, Minnesota
14 Canada Bianchin, WayneWayne Bianchin RW L 24 1973 Nanaimo, British Columbia
4 Canada Burrows, DavidDavid Burrows D L 29 Undrafted Toronto, Ontario
6 Canada Campbell, ColinColin Campbell D L 25 1973 Toronto, Ontario
26 Canada Carr, GeneGene Carr C L 26 1971 Nanaimo, British Columbia
28 Canada Cassidy, TomTom Cassidy C L 26 1972 Blind River, Ontario
9 Canada Chapman, BlairBlair Chapman RW R 21 1976 Lloydminster, Saskatchewan
27 Canada Corrigan, MikeMike Corrigan LW L 32 Undrafted Ottawa, Ontario
20 Canada Cossette, JacquesJacques Cossette RW R 23 1974 Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec
16 Canada Davis, KimKim Davis C L 20 1977 Flin Flon, Manitoba
2 Canada Edur, ThomasThomas Edur D R 23 1974 Toronto, Ontario
5 Canada Faubert, MarioMario Faubert D R 23 1974 Valleyfield, Quebec
11 Canada Flesch, JohnJohn Flesch RW L 24 1973 Sudbury, Ontario
23 Canada Hamilton, JamesJames Hamilton RW L 21 1977 Barrie, Ontario
1 Canada Herron, DenisDenis Herron G L 25 1972 Chambly, Quebec
17 Canada Kehoe, RickRick Kehoe RW R 26 1971 Windsor, Ontario
30 Canada Laxton, GordonGordon Laxton G L 23 1975 Montreal, Quebec
10 United Kingdom Lee, PeterPeter Lee RW R 22 1976 Ellesmere, Great Britain
18 Canada MacDonald, LowellLowell MacDonald LW R 36 Undrafted New Glasgow, Nova Scotia
20 Canada Mahovlich, PeterPeter Mahovlich C L 31 1963 Timmins, Ontario
12 Canada Malone, WilliamWilliam Malone C L 22 1976 Fredericton, New Brunswick
16 Canada Morrison, LewLew Morrison RW R 30 1968 Gainsborough, Saskatchewan
24 United States Paradise, RobertRobert Paradise D L 34 Undrafted St. Paul, Minnesota
25 Canada Price, ThomasThomas Price D 23 1974 Toronto, Ontario
19 Canada Pronovost, JeanJean Pronovost (C) RW R 32 Undrafted Shawinigan Falls, Quebec
25 Canada Redquest, GregGreg Redquest G L 21 1976 Toronto, Ontario
16 Canada Sanderson, DerekDerek Sanderson C L 31 Undrafted Niagara Falls, Ontario
8 Canada Schultz, DaveDave Schultz LW L 28 1969 Waldheim, Saskatchewan
22 Canada Spencer, BrianBrian Spencer LW L 28 1969 Fort St. James, British Columbia
3 Canada Stackhouse, RonaldRonald Stackhouse D R 28 1969 Haliburton, Ontario
29 Canada Wilson, DuncDunc Wilson G L 30 Undrafted Toronto, Ontario

Draft picks[edit]

The 1977 NHL Amateur Draft was held in Montreal, Quebec.[4]

Round # Player Pos Nationality College/Junior/Club Team (League)
2 30 James Hamilton Right Wing  Canada London Knights (OHA)
3 48 Kim Davis Center  Canada Flin Flon Bombers (WCHL)
4 66 Mark Johnson Center  United States U. of Wisconsin (NCAA)
6 102 Gregory Millen Goaltender  Canada Peterborough Petes (OHA)

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