Monday, March 10, 2014
So we're halfway through our worst sixteen and we're about to hit the big boys of losing. I wanted to rank our bottom eight. This is a lot harder than I thought. These teams are truly terrible.
Your mileage may vary of course but here is what I looked at.
Length of time - the longer the better (or worse I guess). Being horrible for four years is awful but nothing compared to twice or three times that amount of time. Put it this way, would you rather be last place overall for four years and then really good or near the bottom of the league for a decade.
Degree of being bad - Was the team absolutely horrific or just mediocre? Were there playoff appearances? This is what really separates the bottom eight from the top eight by the way. The worst clubs were really really bad for a very long time and had no redeeming qualities at all. The teams we have looked at so far included some that were bad but not abysmal.
End results - What did the suffering result in? In a lot of cases the fans of these teams ended up with championship teams. In others there was an improvement in quality but nothing really great.
Here we go:
16th - 80s Pens - Three really bad years, improvement for three resulting in a playoff spot, then a regression when Lemieux was hurt that netted them Jagr. The tank job saved the franchise and resulted in two Stanley Cups. Not bad for what was really only three disastrous years.
15th - Turn of the century Tampa - Five really bad years which were essentially their expansion pains postponed. Last overall twice which netted them Vinny Lecavalier. Two years after it was over they won the Cup. Big deal.
14th - Oughts Pens - Four years of being really bad that got them Crosby and Malkin. Seriously? Any fanbase would go through that.
13th - 90s/Oughts Chicago - A decade which began with mediocrity and became worse and worse. The team wasn't truly terrible until the end of the run and when Bill Wirtz died they emerged as the best team in the league. Hawks' fans were long suffering but what has followed makes even that decade worth it.
12th - Expansion Sens - The worst four year stretch any team ever suffered through was terrible but they were an expansion team and they were a contender for a decade afterwards. If they'd had Toronto's goaltending they probably would have won a Cup or two and been ranked even lower but they didn't so here we are.
11th - 80s Nordiques - Five years is awfully short when compared with a decade amongst the best teams in the league and two Cups. They would be ranked way lower except the fans in Quebec City never saw the payoff. How cruel is that?
10th - 70s/80s Canucks - over two decades of being bad puts them near the top of this list. They rarely really bottomed out and they had a Cup run in there which separates them from the worst of the worst but the fact that 1994 was the highlight of the decade following means they belong here
9th - 80s Leafs - this club was terrible, absolutely brutal. The only reason they are ranked this low is that they had a bunch of playoff appearances which they ended up with because they were in the worst division in pro sports ever. Horrible, horrible, horrible. And the eight teams that are worse than them are way worse. Seriously.
Posted by Black Dog at 10:49 AM