5 NHL Teams That Will Break Your Heart
5 NHL Teams That Will Break Your Heart
The National Hockey League is one of the best league's in all of sports. If you take away all of the financial struggles and the CBA problem, the NHL is around the top, if not at the top, of excitement and entertainment. The NHL has certain things that many other league's do not have. Hockey is a sport that puts balance, IQ, and determination to the test and the team's with these qualities are the most successful. There are teams that have had all of these qualities but have not been able to reach the top of the mountain.
Today we will look at five teams, who have had so much pressure and success put on them, that have crumbled or disappointed very badly. Some of these teams have reached the ultimate hockey goal, which is the Stanley Cup, but have not been able to play the way that many people had thought they would. The teams a sort of like a relational partner, who, at first, was looked at with so much hope and promise, but eventually because of struggles and certain damaging events, the relationship lead to disappointment and utter sadness.
Obviously the relationship could have some tensions and some possible alternatives, that is why we are here today. The five teams on this list are teams that had so much hope and promise, but because of certain problems and mistakes, they have let their fans and their cities down. So let us not focus on our own struggles in our personal lives, but let us reflect and look at our personal relationships with our favorite teams in order to appreciate all of the great things that they have done for their partners.
And now we begin...
5 NHL Teams That Will Break Your Heart - Chicago Blackhawks
The Chicago Blackhawks were recently atop the hockey world in 2009-2010. But other than that run, playoff consistency and a stable core roster have been fluctuating. The Hawks have been to the playoffs for the past four seasons. But other than that, their last playoff appearance was in 2002. The Hawks of the 1990's were a team that made the playoffs almost every season. But the Hawks of the 21st century, have not been able to keep a consistent roster. As soon as the Hawks won the Stanley Cup, they needed to revamp the roster. They traded Antii Niemi, who was key in their championship run, as well as let go of plays such as Dustin Byfuglien, Andrew Ladd, Ben Eager, and Brent Sopel. Yes, the Blackhawks have kept their core players intact, but a team that had so much promise after the 2009-2010 season has now become just another playoff team instead of an instant contender.
5 NHL Teams That Will Break Your Heart - San Jose Sharks
If the NHL needed a face for disappointment in the Western Conference, the San Jose Sharks would most likely qualify for it. The Sharks have not missed the playoff since 2002-2003, but other than that, they have made the playoffs every year in the 21st century. The Sharks have finished first in their division six times and have finished atop of the Western Conference once at the end of the end of the regular season. There have been many of times that NHL analysts have selected the Sharks to finally win their first Stanley Cup in franchise history, but every time, they have failed to do so. The Sharks are the definition of high expectations with no reward.
5 NHL Teams That Will Break Your Heart - Vancouver Canucks
Another team that has not found fortune in the playoffs are the Vancouver Canucks. They have made the playoffs twenty-two (22) times in their history and have been to the finals three (3) times. The Canucks are a team that are reliant on their goaltender, Roberto Luongo. The Canucks have one of the most deadly first-line combinations in the NHL. Daniel Sedin and Henrik Sedin are two players (and brothers) that have so much chemistry when playing together. Their offensive output has been phenomenal. But the achilles heel for the Canucks for their past playoff failures have been their superstar goalie Luongo. If he does not figure out how to play consistent, then the Canucks will be on this list year after year.
5 NHL Teams That Will Break Your Heart - Washington Capitals
When you have a player who is so deadly on offense like the Washington Capitals do, then they should be in the conversation for best team in the NHL. Alexander Ovechkin has been an offensive powerhouse in the NHL ever since he was drafted in 2004 (rookie year was 2005-2006 due to lockout). The Capitals have also been able to produce so well with other offensive players such as Mike Green, John Carlson, Nicklas Backstrom, and Brooks Laich. The Capitals have won the Southeast Division from 2007-2008 until 2010-2011, but did finish second in 2011-2012. The Capitals have not made the Stanley Cup since 1997-1998. The Capitals need to figure it out in order to get their disappointing seasons off of this list.
5 NHL Teams That Will Break Your Heart - Philadelphia Flyers
In some eyes, the Philadelphia Flyers are the epitome of disappointment in the NHL. The Flyers have made the playoffs in sixteen (16) of their last seventeen (17) past seasons. The Flyers play in what is most likely the hardest division in all of hockey. They have also been deep in the playoffs many times in their history. The last time that the Flyers have won the Stanley cup was when they won back-to-back titles in 1973-1974 and 1974-1975. The Flyers have been picked to make it deep into the playoffs many of times by a lot of people in the NHL.
When you have had players such as Eric Lindros, Bernie Parent, and Ron Hextall who have played for your franchise, the expectations will be high. But when you play for the Flyers, who play in the city of Philadelphia, the expectations are even higher. The Flyers have not had a successful goalie since they last had Hextall. This past offseason, Flyers' fans though they had finally solved all of their goaltending problem when they acquired Ilya Bryzgalov. Bryzgalov struggled mightily and was a disappointment in most eyes, especially because of the contract he received. Once the NHL lockout end, the Flyers will most likely be one of the favorites to make it to the Stanley Cup, but will this team finally succeed, or will they disappoint all of the Philadelphia faithful for another season.