4 NHL Teams with the Darkest Futures

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4 NHL Teams with the Darkest Futures
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Going through a rebuilding phase is tough for fans of any NHL team, but when your team finishes with a bad record every year and fails to build a winning team through the draft, it's extremely frustrating.

Poor drafting isn't the only thing that can sink a franchise for many years, terrible free-agent contracts and foolish trades can also result in years of disappointment.

In other instances, teams start to decline when star players become aging veterans. Perennial contenders cannot win forever, and while some teams (like the Detroit Red Wings) are able to reload and contend simultaneously, some franchises aren't capable of doing this.

Let's look at the four NHL teams with the darkest futures.

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