The NHL season is officially over, and the Tampa Bay Lightning have come out on top as the Stanley Cup champions. But what about the teams at the bottom? Take a look at the Worst NHL record in history.
The worst NHL record in history
For any NHL team the ultimate goal is to hoist the Stanley Cup at the end of the season. But for some teams, just making it to the playoffs is a feat in and of itself. For others, winning a single game seems like an impossible task. such was the case for the 1974-75 Washington Capitals The Caps finished the season with a record of 8 wins, 67 losses, and 5 ties for a total of 21 points, which is still the Worst Record in NHL history
In their first season in the NHL, the Caps were an expansion team playing in a division with six other teams that had been established for years. Not only were they inexperienced, but they were also outmatched in terms of talent. Their leading scorer was Bob Sirois, who finished with just 46 points (23 goals and 23 assists). their goaltender, Ron Low, posted a dismal 3.67 GAA and .884 save percentage
The 1974-75 Caps lost an astounding 60 games by two goals or more, including an unbelievable 29 games by three goals or more. They were shut out 18 times and only scored 2 or more goals 28 times all season long In short, they were absolutely terrible.
But despite all their struggles, the 1974-75 Capitals managed to make history in one respect: they set the record for worst NHL team of all time, a record that still stands today.
The teams with the worst NHL records
Here are the teams with the worst NHL records of all time. These teams have struggled for many years and have failed to achieve much success.
The players with the worst NHL records
The worst NHL seasons
The NHL season is 82 games long, and for the most part, teams are pretty evenly matched. But every once in a while, a team will have a season that’s so bad it’s almost hard to believe. Here are four of the worst NHL seasons in history.
The worst NHL Teams of all time
There have been some pretty bad teams in NHL history The 1992-1993 Ottawa Senators hold the record for the most losses in a season, with thirty-one. That includes a staggering twenty-three losses in a row. But they’re not the only ones who have struggled. Here are the five worst NHL teams of all time:
1992-1993 Ottawa Senators: 31-51-10, 72 points
1973-1974 Washington Capitals 8-67-5, 21 points
1981-1982 Winnipeg Jets 9-57-14, 32 points
1992-1993 San Jose Sharks 11-58-13, 35 points
1999-2000 Atlanta Thrashers 14-57-7, 39 points
The Worst NHL Players of all time
There is no one definite answer to this question as it is subjective. However, some of the NHL players who have been considered as the worst include:
-Scott Stevens: A former NHL defenseman Stevens was known for his physicality and hard-hitting play. However, he was also known for being undisciplined and for taking a lot of penalties.
--Gordie Howe Howe is considered one of the greatest players of all time. However, he also holds the NHL record for most career Penalty minutes
-Chris Simon: Simon was another physical player but was also known for being a dirty player. He was suspended several times during his career for violent incidents, including stomping on an opponent’s head.
The worst NHL trades of all time
Since its inception in 1917, the National Hockey League has seen its fair share of trades – some good, and some bad. In fact, some might say that there have been more bad trades than good. In this article, we will take a look at some of the worst NHL trades of all time.
1. The first trade on our list is one that took place in 1988 between the Quebec Nordiques and the Hartford Whalers The Nordiques traded star player Ron Francis, along with Keith Miller and Scott Young to the Whalers in exchange for John Carter and Zarley Zalapski. The Francis trade is often cited as one of the worst in NHL history as he went on to have a Hall of Fame career with the Pittsburgh Penguins winning two Stanley Cups along the way.
2. In 1991, the Edmonton Oilers made a trade with the Los Angeles Kings that would come back to bite them big time. The Oilers traded away star player Jimmy Carson, along with Martin Gelinas and Steve Duchesne, to the Kings in exchange for Bernie Nicholls and Jeff Sharples. Carson would go on to score 50 goals in a season for the Kings, while Nicholls only lasted one year with the Oilers before being traded away himself.
3 1998 was a tough year for Trade #2 on our list – not only did it involve two future Hall of Famers but it also resulted in one team becoming an instant Stanley Cup contender while gutting its roster in exchange for multiple role players. It all started when then-Boston Bruins GM Mike O’Connell traded Future Hall of Famer Joe Thornton to the San Jose Sharks for Brad Stuart, Marco Sturm and Wayne Primeau. While Stuart and Sturm both had solid careers with the Bruins, neither were close to Thornton’s level of production (or impact), as he went on to become one of the best players in Sharks history and helped lead them to their first-ever Stanley Cup Final appearance in 2016. As if that wasn’t bad enough for Boston, they also traded future Hall of Famer Jason Allison (along with Jeff Norton) to the Los Angeles Kings later that same year for Garry Galley – who only played 28 games for Boston before being dealt again just months later.
4 In 2000, then-Dallas Stars GM Bob Gainey pulled off one of the most lopsided trades in recent memory when he dealt franchise goaltender Ed Belfour (who had just won a Stanley Cup with Dallas the year prior) to the San Jose Sharks for Anders Lindback, Josh Dobson and Michael Leighton – all three of whom never played a single game for Dallas. Belfour would go on to play eight more seasons in the NHL (winning another Stanley Cup with Chicago in 2002), while Lindback never even made it to Dallas as he was traded away before suiting up for a game with his new club. Dobson only played six games for Dallas’ AHL affiliate before being dealt away as well, while Leighton never even made it out of training camp and was soon released by Dallas altogether. As if that wasn’t bad enough, Gainey also included future considerations in this deal which ended up being Tyler Arnason – who actually had a decent career but was nothing compared to Belfour… or even Lindback for that matter
The worst NHL Draft picks of all time
It’s easy to forget that professional Hockey Players are still teenagers when they’re first drafted into the NHL. With that in mind, it’s no surprise that many of them don’t end up panning out. In fact, every team has had their fair share of draft busts over the years.
We’ve compiled a list of the worst NHL Draft picks of all time, taking into consideration not only how bad they were on the ice, but also how high they were drafted and what kind of impact (or lack thereof) they made on their respective teams.
The worst NHL Free Agent signings of all time
In the NHL, free agent signings can make or break a team. While some free agents become household names and help lead their team to Stanley Cup glory, others become infamous for their poor performance on the ice and the money they waste. Here are ten of the worst free agent signings in NHL history
The worst NHL moments of all time
There have been some really terrible teams in NHL history The 1992-93 Ottawa Senators set the record for the most losses in a season with 60. But they only managed to win 11 games that year, which is still the second-worst winning percentage in league history.
But there have been other teams that have been historically bad. The 1974-75 Washington Capitals only won 8 games out of 82. The 1981-82 Colorado Rockies won just 21 games. And the 1985-86 Detroit Red Wings won a measly 32 games.
These are the worst NHL teams of all time.