It’s no secret; this season has been a rough one for six of the seven Canadian teams in the National Hockey League. Only one team, the Montreal Canadiens, are set for the playoffs this season. Despite Montreal quietly having a tremendous season, the year in general for Canadian teams has been highlighted by numerous failures to win games on the ice, as well as problems which took place off the ice, particularly in Toronto, Vancouver and Edmonton. Looking at the current situation, Canadian teams are at an all-time low. The Flames and Oilers are currently in a rebuild, the Canucks look to be headed in the same direction, and the Jets, Senators and Leafs stand in the middle, wondering what they have to do in order to make the playoffs next season. As for the Habs, they have relied on steady goaltending throughout the year and the emergence of one of the league’s hottest lines, featuring Max Pacioretty, David Desharnais and the newly acquired and highly skilled forward, Thomas Vanek. The Habs remain Canada’s only shot for a Stanley Cup this season and perhaps for a few seasons to come.
This article will display the top 10 most disappointing storylines pertaining to six of the seven Canadian teams, outside the playoff bubble this season.
10 Flames Playoff Drought Extends To 5 Years
9 Jets Continue To Wait On Pavelec
8 Yakupov Struggles In His Second Season
7 The Tortorella Experiment Fails In Vancouver
6 Sens Fail To Meet High Expectations After Last Season
5 Leafs Leadership Group Unable To Steady The Ship
4 Oilers Still At The Bottom
3 Vancouver’s Management Group Falters
2 The Leafs' End Of Season Collapse
1 1 Canadian Team In The Playoffs
At the end of the day, the most concerning thing is the fact that only one Canadian team will be participating in the playoffs this season. For most of these Canadian teams, one can’t help but wonder how long it will take them to finally get back in the mix. For most Canadian teams, this is yet another failed season, let’s put it into perspective. These playoff droughts are pretty bad; the Oilers will reach their 8th straight playoffless year, the Jets are at 7 years, the Flames have reached 5, the Leafs have missed 8 of the last 9 and the Senators have missed the playoffs 3 times in the last 6 seasons. Playing in a Canadian hockey market has become extremely difficult and pressure-filled. It will be interesting to see how these Canadian teams bounce back in the next couple of years after having to endure all of this constant heartbreak.
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