Obviously the Whalers made the playoffs many more times and existed for far longer but I find the relocation deal to be quite similar. The Whalers had only won one division title and for the last few years of their existence in Hartford were abysmal but had some young talented prospects. They then move to a market that is not huge but welcomes them ( albeit not as much as Winnipeg ). The move is just as heartbreaking but not so much media attention to brought to it and it's not without too much fan revolt. The Hurricanes become contenders a few years into Carolina.