No. 28: Carolina Hurricanes

Ultimate Standings 2012

Updated: September 7, 2012, 12:07 PM ET
By Max Klinger | ESPN The Magazine

Last year's rank: 22 Title track: 23 Ownership: 46 Coaching: 50 Players: 51 Fan relations: 21 Affordability: 22 Stadium experience: 43 Bang for the buck: 42

When this poll was conducted in May, the Canes were still ranked 23rd in all of professional sports in our title track category ... and they had just missed their third consecutive playoffs. Since then owner Peter Karmanos has proved his willingness to get them back on track by allowing GM Jim Rutherford to sign Jordan Staal to ...

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