Despite recent economic hard times the NHL would seem to be enjoying a level of success that is unprecedented in the league's history. In an April 13th story on nhl.com the league announced, "the NHL is on pace for its fifth consecutive year of record total revenue and is projected to bring more than $2.9 billion by the end of the Stanley Cup Playoffs."
Merchandise sales are up. The league has found a mid-season showcase event in the Winter Classic that now outshines its ridiculous All-Star Game.
The playoffs, as always, are hard fought and intense and very fun to watch (if anyone saw Game 7 between Detroit and San Jose you know why playoff hockey is the best).
Despite this wealth of good news and congratulatory pats on the back, there are some signs of trouble around the league. Specifically, there are four franchises that are facing very uncertain futures.
In some cases these teams have been losers for so long that fans have given up on them. In other cases the teams can't find owners willing to invest in them because they are bleeding money so quickly.
The fact of the matter is the NHL, despite its record revenues, just has too many teams and the sport has watered down its talent, and the quality of its game, as a result. Here are four NHL clubs that just need to go away.