Several NHL teams currently bear the dubious honor of being among the league's worst managed. For a variety of reasons, these teams have struggled to either improve their overall performance or address glaring roster weaknesses. They've become a near-constant source of frustration for their followers.
Some of the teams on this list have been losers for years, with lengthy absences from playoff competition. Mismanagement plunged two once-dominant teams into rapid decline. Several teams underwent recent management change, raising questions over the ability of the new general managers to implement swift improvement.
In compiling this ranking of the NHL's worst-managed teams, factors such as team performance, frequency of playoff appearances, management changes, draft records, trades and free-agent signings were taken into account.