1. New York Islanders: They might top this list for the next 15 years if they keep making ridiculous decisions like that puzzling Rick DiPietro contract. By the way: Why is Mike Milbury still employed here?
2. Pittsburgh Penguins: The Pittsburgh/ Hamilton/Kansas City Penguins have a great young nucleus in Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Jordan Stall. Unfortunately, the uncertain future of this franchise in Steeltown is becoming a very old, tired story.
3. Florida Panthers: No Mike Keenan. No Roberto Luongo. Virtually no sellouts. And no idea what impact the addition of bad boy Todd Bertuzzi will have. Add all that up, and you have the potential recipe for problems.
4. Chicago Blackhawks: Unless Brian Urlacher can skate, this once-proud franchise continues to be an afterthought in the Windy City. After overpaying for goalie Nikolai Khabibulin a year ago, critics claim the Blackhawks did the same with newcomer Martin Havlat.
5. New Jersey Devils: Who ever thought the always payroll-conscious Lou Lamoriello would suffer salary cap problems like this? Whatever the answer, we're pretty sure that not many GMs around the league are crying boo hoo for Lou.