Last summer’s revival of the Winnipeg Jets meant retiring one NHL team nickname, that being the Atlanta Thrashers, for the sake of exhuming another one.
In turn, the exhibit of defunct nicknames has maintained its membership of 20, the same number it has retained for 15 years and counting.
While you could easily make a whole new league out of the discarded mascots, that would not be wholly advisable. A fair sprinkling of them, especially some from before and during the NHL’s formative years, are gone for the better.
Others, though, ought not to raise much objection or ridicule if they ever make like the Jets and one day return to hockey’s top competitive circuit. Although some of the better choices would be virtually impossible to revive due to their current usage by neighboring franchises in other sports.
The worth of each defunct NHL nickname is ranked as follows.