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Bad moves - 07-08-10

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Many positive things will occur when the Penguins finally officially move out across the street to sparkly, new Consol Energy Center. Presumably, the team will have a much better revenue stream. And mice won't be gnawing holes into Marc-Andre Fleury's glove either.

Hopefully.

But history will not be in the Penguins' corner when they open the new venue next season.

Only three teams in NHL history have won the Stanley Cup the season they moved into a new barn. And two occurred right before or during the Great Depression:

1928-29 - BruinsĀ  (Boston Garden)
1930-31 - Maple Leafs (Maple Leafs Gardens)
1995-96 - Avalanche (McNichols Arena)

Three.

The NHL has had a total of 36 different franchises (including the defunct ones) since it was formed in 1917. And 35 of those franchises have opened new venues for a variety of reasons such as relocation, expansion, fire or the overwhelming appeal of Newark, N.J.

Yet only three teams have been able to win the Cup while breaking in a new sheet of ice.

Yikes.

Here's a list of all 30 active NHL franchises as well as a few defunct ones and how they did their first NHL seasons in the various buildings they have called home.

(Note: Based on the criteria we used in making this list, teams like the Quebec Nordiques, Edmonton Oilers, Winnipeg Jets, Quebec Bulldogs, California Golden Seals, Montreal Wanderers, Toronto Arenas and the original Ottawa Senators are left off the list in some instances since they had actually played in a certain venue well before joining the NHL. For example, the Oilers joined the NHL in 1979-80 as a result of the merger with the WHA. But they have played in Rexall Place - or Northlands Coliseum as it was formerly called - since the 1974-75 WHA season.)

Active Franchises
Franchise Arena
(First Season)
Record Postseason
Anaheim Ducks/
Mighty Ducks
of Anaheim
Honda Center (1993-94) 33-46-5 Missed Playoffs
Atlanta Thrashers Philips Arena (1999-2000) 14-57-7-4 Missed Playoffs
Boston Bruins TD Garden (1995-96)
Boston Garden (1928-29)
Boston Arena (1924-25)
40-31-11
26-13-5
6-24-0
Lost in First Round
Won Stanley Cup
Missed Playoffs
Buffalo Sabres HSBC Arena (1996-97)
Memorial Auditorium (1970-71)
40-30-12
24-39-15
Lost in Second Round
Missed Playoffs
Calgary Flames/

Atlanta Flames
Pengrowth Saddledome (1983-84)
Calgary Corral (1980-81)
The Omni (1972-73)
34-32-14
39-27-14
25-38-15
Lost in Second Round
Lost in Third Round
Missed Playoffs
Carolina Hurricanes/

Hartford Whalers
RBC Center (1999-2000)
Greensboro Coliseum (1997-98)
Hartford Civic Center (1979-80)
37-35-10
33-41-8
27-34-19
Missed playoffs
Missed lplayoffs
Lost in First Round
Chicago Blackhawks/
Chicago Black Hawks
United Center (1994-95)
Chicago Stadium (19-29-30)
Chicago Coliseum (1926-27)
24-19-5
21-18-5
19-22-3
Lost in Third Round
Lost in First Round
Lost in First Round
Colorado Avalanche/

Quebec Nordiques
Pepsi Center (1999-2000)
McNichols Arena (1995-96)
NA
42-28-11-1
47-25-10
NA
Lost in Third Round
Won Stanley Cup
NA
Columbus
Blue Jackets
Nationwide Arena (2000-01) 28-39-9-6 Missed Playoffs
Dallas Stars/

Minnesota
North Stars
American Airlines Arena (2001-02)
Reunion Arena (1993-94)
Met Center (1967-68)
36-38-13-5
42-29-13
27-32-15
Missed playoffs
Lost in Second Round
Lost in Second Round
Detroit Red Wings/
Detroit Falcons/
Detroit Cougars
Joe Louis Arena (1979-80)
Olympia Stadium (1927-28)
Border Cities Arena (1926-27)
26-43-11
19-19-6
12-28-4
Missed Playoffs
Missed Playoffs
Missed Playoffs
Edmonton Oilers NA NA NA
Florida Panthers BankAtlantic Center (1998-99)
Miami Arena (1993-94)
30-34-18
33-34-17
Missed playoffs
Missed playoffs
Los Angeles Kings Stapels Center (1999-2000)
Great Western Forum (1967-68)
20-24-18
33-34-17
Missed Playoffs
Missed Playoffs
Minnesota Wild Xcel Energy Center (2000-01) 25-39-13 Missed Playoffs
Montreal Canadiens Bell Centre (1995-96)
Montreal Forum (1926-27)
Mount Royal Arena (1919-20)
40-32-10
28-14-2
13-11-0
Lost First Round
Lost Second Round
Missed Playoffs
Nashville Predators Bridgestone Arena (1998-99) 28-47-7 Missed Playoffs
New Jersey Devils/

Colorado Rockies/
Kansas City Scouts
Prudential Center (2007-08)
Continental Airlines Arena (1982-83)
McNichols Arena (1976-77
Kemper Arena (1974-75)
46-29-7
17-49-14
20-46-14
15-54-11
Lost in First Round
Missed Playoffs
Missed Playoffs
Missed Playoffs
New York Islanders Nassau Veterans
Memorial Coliseum (1972-73)
12-60-6 Missed Playoffs
New York Rangers Madison Square Garden IV (1967-68)
Madison Square Garden III (1926-27)
39-23-12
25-13-6
Lost in First Round
Lost in Second Round
Ottawa Senators
(current)
ScotiaBank Place (1995-96)
Ottawa Civic Centre (1992-93
18-59-5
10-70-4
Missed Playoffs
Missed Playoffs
Philadelphia Flyers Wells Fargo Center (1996-97)
The Spectrum (1967-68)
45-24-13
31-32-11
Lost in Cup Final
Lost in First Round
Phoenix Coyotes/

Winnipeg Jets
Jobing.com Arena (2003-04)
America West Arena (1996-97)
NA
22-36-18-6
38-37-7
NA
Missed Playoffs
Lost First Round
NA
Pittsburgh Penguins Mellon Arena (1967-68) 27-34-13 Missed Playoffs
St. Louis Blues Scottrade Center (1994-94)
St. Louis Arena (1967-68)
28-15-5
27-31-16
Lost in First Round
Lost in Cup Final
San Jose Sharks HP Pavilion (1994-95)
Cow Palace (1991-92)
19-25-4
17-58-5
Lost in First Round
Missed Playoffs
Tampa Bay Lightning St. Pete Times Forum (1996-97)
Expo Hall (1992-93)
32-40-10
23-54-7
Missed Playoffs
Missed Playoffs
Toronto Maple Leafs/
Toronto St. Patricks/
Toronto Arenas
Air Canada Centre (1998-99)
Maple Leafs Gardens (1931-32)
45-30-7
23-18-7
Lost in Third Round
Won Stanley Cup
Vancouver Canucks Rogers Arena (1995-96)
Pacific Coliseum (1970-71)
32-35-15
24-46-8
Lost in First Round
Missed Playoffs
Washington Capitals Verizon Center (1997-98)
Capital Centre (1974-75)
40-30-12
8-67-5
Lost in Cup Final
Missed Playoffs
Defunct Franchises
Franchise Arena
(First Season)
Record Postseason
Brooklyn Americans/
Hamilton Tigers
Quebec Bulldogs
Madison Square Garden III (1925-26)
Barton Street Arena (1920-21)
NA
12-20-4
6-18-0
NA
Missed Playoffs
Missed Playoffs
NA
Cleveland Barons/
California Seals/
Oakland Seals/
California Goalden Seals
Richfield Coliseum (1976-77)
NA
25-42-13
NA
Missed Playoffs
NA
Montreal Maroons Montreal Forum (1924-25) 9-19-2 Missed Playoffs
Montreal Wanderers NA NA NA
Philadelphia Quakers/
Pittsburgh Pirates
Philadelphia Arena (1930-31)
Duquesne Gardens (1925-26)
4-36-4
19-16-1
No Playoffs
First Round
St. Louis Eagles/
Ottawa Senators
(Original)
St. Louis Arena (1934-35)
Ottawa Arena (1923-24)
11-31-6
16-8-0
Missed Playoffs
Lost in Cup Final

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