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Top 15 Worst Teams in NHL History

Any NHL team can have a poor season; there are so many intangibles that factor into success or failure. Coaches and General Managers are well aware of this: a draft bust or a 4th rounder that ends up on the first line, injuries that plague an entire team, free agency, ending up on the short end of a trade, league wide labor disputes, individual contract disputes, offense, defense, poor penalty killing or a poor power play – there are so many categorical factors that have an impact on a season overall. Even unfavorable schedules can, in some ways, contribute to a poor start, which undoubtedly has an influence on a team’s momentum.

On the other hand, some teams are just plain awful. One look at the roster and the writing is literally on the wall. When revisiting some of the NHL’s poorest teams of seasons past, you needn’t look further than a team’s roster for the evidence that reflects a team’s record.

Even when examining some of the lowliest seasons in NHL history, things have to be almost unbearable for an NHL coach in this article to suggest that he’d rather “find out [his] wife was cheating on me than keep losing.” These are the Top 15 Worst teams in NHL History.

15 1983-84 New Jersey Devils  

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14 1984-85 Vancouver Canucks  

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13 1982-83 Hartford Whalers  

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12 1973-74  California Seals 

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11 1994-95 Ottawa Senators

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10 2014-15 Buffalo Sabres  

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9 1983-84 Pittsburgh Penguins  

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8 1992-93 Ottawa Senators  

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7 1972-73 New York Islanders 

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6 1985-86 Detroit Red Wings  

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5 1975-76 Kansas City Scouts  

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4 1980-81 Winnipeg Jets 

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3 1989-90 Quebec Nordiques 

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2 1992-93 San Jose Sharks  

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1 1974-75 Washington Capitals  

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The Washington Capitals entered the NHL in 1974 and were absolutely woeful. A guy named Tom Williams led the team in scoring with 58 points and Ron Low, who backstopped most of the games, had a GAA of 5.45. The 74-75 Caps had just eight wins and skated to an abysmal 67 losses while allowing 446 goals in the process – the worst in NHL history. When their first head coach, Jim Anderson, spoke about the disillusionment of his team, he said, “I’d rather find out my wife was cheating on me than keep losing like this. At least I could tell my wife to cut it out.” Now, it doesn’t get any worse than that.

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