It's every NHL owner, manager, coach and player's dream for his team to be remembered long after the games are in the history books. But what if a team is memorably bad?
Sometimes a fall from grace can be pushed along by a general manager who's stockpiling young talent and looking for a good position in an upcoming draft. Sometimes a poor record can result from injuries or other bad luck. Sometimes management simply makes terrible personnel decisions.
Though they still have plenty of time to turn their fortunes around like the 2012-13 Washington Capitals, we have a few candidates this year that could be heading for a future list of the all-time worst.
Let's take a look at 10 of the worst teams of the last 10 years, going back to the 2003-04 season before the NHL lockout. Bad teams can take heart—there are plenty of bounce-back stories on this list.