Posted 10 September 2012 - 07:08 PM
The Scouts/Rockies/Devils between 1974 and 1987 is one of the worst stretches a professional franchise has ever had in the history of sports. 1 playoff appearance (in a season where they won like 19 out of 82 games) moving twice, paltry fan support. Very few teams were as "off the grid as this one was)
Re: recognizing the scouts/rockies heritage. There wasnt a long proud history to lean on. I dont think they explicitly ignored it...rockies that carried over to the Devils had ther previous statistics counted into their career devils stats. There was just very little to look back on...so they tried to begin anew as Devils
They went 19-40-21 (seasons were 80 games back then). They actually didn't play that badly against the Flyers in their three game series...goalie Doug Favell played his ass off (think he faced 42 and 45 shots in the two games, allowing a total of 6 goals in the series), and the Rockies actually took the Flyers to OT in Game 1, in Philadelphia no less. They lost both games by scores of 3-2 (OT) and 3-1.
And yeah, when you consider a team like the Flyers won back-to-back Cups in '74 and '75 after breaking into the NHL in '67...it took the Scouts/Rockies/Devils 14 years just to finish a season with a .500 or better record. The first ten seasons were really the most embarrassing for the franchise...they literally made NO progress in their first ten years of existence. The '74-'75 Scouts finished with 41 points. The '83-'84 Devils finished with 41 points. There were some better seasons in between, but they never won more than 22 games in any given season in those 10 years.
It's more fascinating to look back on what this franchise was, than to try to remember the old days fondly...like you say, the cupboard is barren in that regard...the team FINALLY was making strides from not being pathetic starting with the '84-'85 season, but it still had a long way to go to get to respectability...this team started from about as low a beginning as a team could.
One win in 44 GP is crazy, no matter how one slices it...you'd think a team would win 5 games by accident over that long a stretch...even that paltry total would put a team on pace for a god-awful 8 or 9 wins in an 80-game season. I wonder what it was like to play for a team like that...Richie Ashburn retired after playing for the '62 Mets (they went 40-120) even though he hit .306, and he said the reason he did it was because the constant losing was killing him.
Edited by Colorado Rockies 1976, 10 September 2012 - 07:08 PM.
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