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11 NHL Teams That Have Never Won A Stanley Cup

By Swikriti Kandel / 4 May 2023 06:31 AM

Buffalo Sabres Reached The Playoff Finals In 1975 And 1999 But They Have Not Won The Trophy Yet
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NHL Teams that have never won a Stanley Cup are 1. Buffalo Sabres 2. Florida Panthers 3. Vancouver Canucks and 8 others.

Stanley Cup is a trophy awarded to the winner of the National Hockey League playoff. The elimination tournament consists of 16 squads chosen on the basis of their regular season performance.

Competing squads are categorized into Eastern and Western conferences. Each franchise first competes with the squads in their conference and lastly the winners of each conference battle for the trophy.

National Hockey League started running the Stanley Cup playoffs solely in 1927. It has been over 96 years and still, there are some groups who have never gained victory over the championship.

In this article, we will be discussing the eleven reputed squads who have not won the playoff and why they could not secure it.

NHL Teams That Have Never Won A Stanley Cup

1. Buffalo Sabres1970
2. Vancouver Canucks1970
3. Arizona Coyotes1979
4. San Jose Sharks1991
5. Ottawa Senators1992
6. Florida Panthers1993
7. Nashville Predators1998
8. Winnipeg Jets1999
9. Minnesota Wild2000
10. Columbus Blue Jackets2000
11. Vegas Golden Knights2017

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Buffalo Sabres

Buffalo Sabres Stanley Cup finals presence was in 1975 and 1999. They first lost to Philadelphia Flyers followed by Dallas Stars.

Sabres is a member of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference. It was established in 1970 and has been under NHL ever since.

The current owner of the squad is a petroleum engineer Terry Pegula. At their inception, they played at the Buffalo Memorial Auditorium.

Buffalo Sabres Players Standing In The Arena At The Madison Square Garden On 11 April 2023
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Since 1996, Sabres have played their home games at the KeyBank Center. The squad has the longest playoff drought period of 12 years in ice hockey league history.

Buffalos earned 91 points in the regular season. To enter the 2022-23 postseason, they competed with the New Jersey Devils but lost by a 6-2 overall score.

Although Buffalo has not become the winner of the postseason, they have won the regular season. The National Hockey League franchise received its first and only President's Trophy in the 2006-07 season.

  • Founded: 1970
  • Owner: Terry Pegula
  • General Manager: Kevyn Adams
  • Head Coach: Don Granato
  • Captain: Kyle Okposo

Vancouver Canuncks

Vancouver Canucks Stanley Cup finals appearances were inĀ 1982, 1994, and 2011. They were defeated by the Boston Bruins in 2011.

Despite getting close to the award three times, they could not grasp it. They lost the cup to New York Islanders, New York Rangers and Boston Bruins.

The club was founded in 1945 as a part of the Pacific Coast Hockey League. They joined the NHL in 1970, the same time as Buffalo Sabres.

Canucks Signed New Defenseman Elias Pettersson In A Three-Year Contract On 19 April 2023
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Canucks are a part of the Pacific Division in the Western Conference. The squad is owned by the Canadian company Canucks Sports & Entertainment.

Vancouver played the games at the Pacific Coliseum for 25 years before moving to their current home, Rogers Arena. Their jersey features blue, green, and white colors.

In the regular 2022-23 season, Canucks earned 83 points. They missed the postseason this year due to fewer points as compared to other squads.

Vancouver is the winner of the two Presidents' Trophy during the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons. Hopefully, they will soon earn a playoff championship as well.

  • Founded: 1945
  • Owner: Canucks Sports & Entertainment (Francesco Aquilini, chairman)
  • General Manager: Patrik Allvin
  • Head Coach: Rick Tocchet

Ottawa Senators

Ottawa Senators Stanley Cup history dates back to the 1996-97 season. Senators qualified for playoffs but were defeated in the first round.

Senators are one of the squads of the Atlantic Division in the Eastern Conference. The new franchise of the original Sens was founded in 1992.

The club has mentioned no ties with the original Senators. Eugene Melnyk owned it before his passing and currently, the team's sale is being planned.

Canadian Tire Center is the home to the Senators. By now, they have appeared in 16 postseasons but they have not secured a single victory.

Ottawa Senators Goalie Mads Sogaard During Practice On 13 April 2023 At The Canadian Tire Centre
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The squad made it to the playoffs finals in 2007 but got dominated by the Anaheim Ducks in five games. A decade later in 2017, they reached the semi-finals but lost to Pittsburgh Penguins.

Although the Senators had no luck in the playoff trophy, they secured a Presidents' Trophy in the 2002-03 season. The team will hopefully win a postseason championship one day.

  • Founded: 1992
  • Owner: Estate Of The Late Eugene Melnyk
  • General Manager: Pierre Dorion
  • Head Coach: Denis Joseph Smith
  • Captain: Brady Tkachuk

San Jose Sharks

San Jose Sharks Stanley Cup finals defeat was heartwrenching. They got blasted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in four games out of six in 2016.

Sharks was established as the first NHL franchise brand in San Francisco Bay Area in 1991. It is a Pacific Division squad in the Western Conference.

The club is owned by a private company named San Jose Sports & Entertainment since its inception. Initially, they played at the Cow Palace in Daly City.

Picture Of San Jose Sharks Team From 15 April 2023 At The SAP Center
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Since 1993, SAP Centre has been the home of the Sharks. The color of their jersey is a combination of deep Pacific teal, black and burnt orange.

San Jose has appeared in the NHL playoff multiple times but they made it to the finals in 2016. In the 2022-23 season, the squad made 60 points and did not get into the playoff.

However, the Sharks have received a Presidents' Trophy once in the 2008-09 season. The club has also won six division championships so far.

  • Founded: 1991
  • Owner: San Jose Sports & Entertainment Enterprises (Hasso Plattner, governor)
  • General Manager: Mike Grier
  • Head Coach: David Quinn
  • Captain: Logan Couture

Arizona Coyotes

Arizona Coyotes playoffs appearance is 20 times in 43 seasons. Coyotes qualified for the postseason in 2019-20 but got defeated in the first round.

Coyotes are one of the teams in the Central Division of the Western Conference. The group was founded in 1972 as the Winnipeg Jets of the World Hockey Association.

Mullett Arena is where the squad plays their home games. Their jersey has multiple colors like forest green, purple, sand, sienna, brick red, and process black.

Arizona Coyotes Players Signing The Fans Belongings At Mullett Arena On 19 April 2023
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It was re-named Arizona Coyotes back in 2014. Over the decades, the National Hockey League franchise faced several issues which hampered the team's performance.

Despite that, the ice hockey club made it to the playoff in 2020 after a long break. However, they were dominated by the Colorado Avalanche by 4-1 goals.

Arizona did not perform well in the 2022-23 season. It only obtained 70 points in 82 games and earned 7th place in the Central Division.

Until now, Coyotes have not won the Presidents' Trophy or Conference Championships. However, they gained victory in the Division Championship of the 2011-12 season.

  • Founded: 1972
  • Owner: Alex Meruelo, Andrew Barroway (ownership suspended)
  • General Manager: Bill Armstrong
  • Head Coach: Andre Tourigny

Florida Panthers

Florida Panthers Stanley Cup history reveals that the squad has qualified for 7 playoffs. The Panthers have been under NHL for 30 years.

Panthers are in the Atlantic Division of the National Hockey League's Eastern Conference. They formerly played games at Miami Arena before switching to the FLA Live Arena in 1998.

Sunrise Sports & Entertainment have ownership of the Panthers. Their eye-catching jersey is red, blue, flat gold, and white.

The squad reached the finals of the playoff in 1996. They competed against Colorado Avalanche and faced humiliation with a 4-0 loss.

Florida Panthers Celebrating Their Win Over Boston Bruins On 2 May 2023
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Florida has received a Conference Championship and a President's Trophy so far. Moreover, the club has won 3 Division Championships.

Panthers scored 92 points in the 2022-23 season and became 4th in the Atlantic Division. The franchise has advanced to the second round of the 2023 postseason.

They beat Boston Bruins in the first round and are set to compete with Toronto Maple Leafs next. The fans have huge expectations from the squad in the current playoff.

  • Founded: 1993
  • Owner: Sunrise Sports and Entertainment(Vincent Viola, chairman)
  • General Manager: Bill Zito
  • Head Coach: Paul Maurice
  • Captain: Aleksander Barkov

Nashville Predators

Nashville Predators Stanley Cup finals reach was in 2017 against Pittsburgh Penguins. They were smashed by the Penguins with a win in four games out of six.

Predators are a member of the Central Division in the NHL's Western Conference. The squad has played its home games at the Bridgestone Arena since 1998.

Predators Holdings LLC owns the ice hockey franchise. They are distinguished by their predator's gold, navy blue, and white-colored jersey.

Predators Rocking Their Jersey At The Bridgestone Arena On 15 April 2023
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The squad has been competing in the National Hockey League for 25 years, but it has not been able to win the playoff trophy. With 92 points in the 2022-23 season, they became 5th in the Central Division.

The Predators missed the postseason of 2023 by a few points. Although they do not have a playoff title, they won the regular season of 2017-18.

Likewise, Nashville has collected two Division Championships and a Conference Championship.

  • Founded: 1998
  • Owner: Predators Holdings LLC
  • General Manager: David Poile
  • Head Coach: John Hynes
  • Captain: Roman Josi

Winnipeg Jets

Winnipeg Jets have not reached beyond the second round in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. They lost to Vegas Golden Knights in the 2022-23 postseason.

The Jets performed decently in the regular season and became 4th in Central Division. However, they were defeated by the Knights in the first round.

Founded in 1999, the NHL franchise is owned by True North Sports & Entertainment. The colors for their jersey are polar night blue, aviator blue, silver, red, and white.

Despite being an ice hockey league franchise for about 24 years, the squad has underperformed until now. They have yet to win the division, conference finals, regular season, or playoff.

  • Founded: 1999
  • Owner: True North Sports & Entertainment (Mark Chipman, executive chairman and governor)
  • General Manager: Kevin Cheveldayoff
  • Head Coach: Rick Bowness

Minnesota Wild

Minnesota Wild Stanley Cup playoffs 2022-23 appearance is 13 times in their 22 seasons. They lost to the Dallas Stars in the first round by 2-4.

Wild started playing in the National Hockey League in 2000, and it is a part of the Central Division of the Western Conference. It is owned by the former Predators owner, Craig Leipold.

John Klingberg Of Minnesota Wild Playing The Puck With Hockey Stick At The Xcel Energy Center On 24 April 2023
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Xcel Energy Center is the home arena for the squad. Their jersey features four colors: forest green, iron range red, harvest gold, and Minnesota wheat.

They made their way to the postseason in the 2002-03 season. The NHL franchise has been up to the qualifying and first round of the playoffs in the past three seasons.

However, Wild has yet to reach the postseason finals and earn the trophy. The only accolade that they have received in the playoff is the Division Championship of the 2007-08 season.

  • Founded: 2000
  • Owner: Craig Leipold
  • General Manager: Bill Guerin
  • Head Coach: Dean Evason
  • Captain: Jared Spurgeon

Columbus Blue Jackets

Columbus Blue Jackets Stanley Cup debut took place in 2009. They last appeared in the first round of the 2019-20 postseason.

Jackets belong to the Metropolitan Division of the NHL's Eastern Conference. The owner of the club is Worthington Industries CEO John P. McConnell.

Columbus plays their home games at the Nationwide Arena. Ohio's Civil War history is the muse for the team's logo, moniker, and jersey.

In the 2022-23 regular season, the Jackets could have done better and scored only 59 points in 82 games. They landed in the last position in the Metropolitan Division.

The club's last playoff appearance was in the 2019-20 season where they got smashed by the Tampa Bay Lightning in a 1-4 game. They have not received any championship trophies in any season.

  • Founded: 2000
  • Owner: John P. McConnell
  • General Manager: Jarmo Kekalainen
  • Captain: Boone Jenner

Vegas Golden Knights

Golden Knights Stanley Cup playoffs performance in round two of 2022-23 is most awaited. They will face the Edmonton Oilers on 6 May 2023.

Knights are a part of the Western Conference's Pacific Division. Black Knight Sports and Entertainment led by Bill Foley and the Maloof family own the club.

The club's home games are played at the T-Mobile Arena. Their jersey comprises a beautiful blend of steel grey, gold, red, and black colors.

Vegas Knights Defeated Winnipeg Jets In The First Round Of The 2023 Playoff And Advanced To The Next Round
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It has just been about 6 years since the Knights are in the game. During their first season, they qualified for the playoffs but lost their first round with San Jose Sharks.

For the 2022-23 season, the Knights have come prepared. They earned 111 points in the regular season and smashed Winnpeg Jets in the first round of the postseason.

The NHL franchise currently holds a Conference Championship and three Divison Championships titles.

  • Founded: 2017
  • Owner: Black Knight Sports and Entertainment (Bill Foley and Maloof family)
  • General Manager: Kelly McCrimmon
  • Head Coach: Bruce Cassidy
  • Captain: Mark Stone

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