With a wild opening few days of free agency with come and gone, there have been some shakeups on the oddsboard with big names like Matt Duchene, Sergei Bobrovsky and Artemi Panarin finding new homes for the near future. However, lots of the favorites are still on top of the oddsboard together with the Tampa Bay Lightning leading just like the very early favorites at +700.
Online sportsbook BetOnline gets the Tampa Bay Lightning as the favorites to win the 2019-20 Stanley Cup in +700 followed by the Boston Bruins and Vegas Golden Knights in +1000, Colorado Avalanche and Toronto Maple Leafs in +1200, St. Louis Blues in +1400, along with the Nashville Predators, San Jose Sharks, Washington Capitals and Winnipeg Jets at +1600 to round out the leading teams around the oddsboard.
Leafs, Avs Swing Deal GM Kyle Dubas appears to have cleared out the last of those players who were around the 2013 Toronto Maple Leafs group who had the epic collapse in Game 7 against the Boston Bruins.
Defenseman Jake Gardiner is probably leaving via free agency and on July 1, the Leafs pulled off a trade with the Colorado Avalanche sending Nazem Kadri (the last of this 2013 team), Calle Rosen plus a third-round pick to the Avs in exchange for Tyson Barrie, Alex Kerfoot plus a sixth-round draft selection.
Much changed on the oddsboard as a consequence of this trade with Colorado staying pat +1200 and Toronto dropping marginally from +1000 to currently fitting the Avalanche in +1200.
But with rumors regarding the capacity of celebrity restricted free agent Mitch Marner signing an offer sheet in the forthcoming days, don’t be shocked when the Leafs’ odds shift.
The alleged price that could be arriving Marner’s manner is reportedly in the $12.5-million range per year, therefore it is hard to see that the Leafs being able to afford him at the amount. A settlement of four first-round picks from whichever team decides to try to pry Marner from Toronto would certainly be attractive to Dubas.
Preds Land Duchene
One of the biggest names on the service list this past year was Matt Duchene. The 28-year-old center is coming off his first 70-point season since the 2013-14 year when he played for Colorado, and he also scored a career-high 31 goals too. Additionally, he had 10 points in 10 playoff games, helping take Columbus into its original second-round appearance.
The Nashville Predators were the team to land Duchene on a seven-year, $56-million contract to help the team that ranked 19th in scoring last year. From +2200 into +1600, their odds moved with the Preds signing Duchene.
Habs’ Offer-Sheet Strategies are Foiled
The Canadiens made waves by becoming the first team to sign a player — Carolina’s Sebastian Aho — to an offer sheet since the Calgary Flames went after Ryan O’Reilly in 2013. Carolina needed a week to coordinate with the five-year, $42.27-million contract, and Hurricanes owner Tom Dundon has stated his team plans to do so.
Still, the Habs’ chances of winning the Stanley Cup have already been cut in half since free agency began, as they are now +2500 after being accessible at +5000 before July 1.
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