With a wild opening couple of days of free service with come and gone, there’ve been some shakeups on the oddsboard with big names such as Matt Duchene, Sergei Bobrovsky and Artemi Panarin finding new homes for the foreseeable future. However, lots of the favorites are still at the peak of the oddsboard with the Tampa Bay Lightning leading just like the very early favorites at +700.
Online sportsbook BetOnline has the Tampa Bay Lightning as the favorites to win the 2019-20 Stanley Cup at +700 followed by the Boston Bruins and Vegas Golden Knights at +1000, Colorado Avalanche and Toronto Maple Leafs in +1200, St. Louis Blues in +1400, and the Nashville Predators, San Jose Sharks, Washington Capitals and Winnipeg Jets at +1600 to round out the leading teams on the oddsboard.
Leafs GM Kyle Dubas seems to have cleared from the last of the players that were on the 2013 Toronto Maple Leafs group that 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 into the Avs in exchange for Tyson Barrie, Alex Kerfoot plus a sixth-round draft pick.
Much changed on the oddsboard as a consequence of this trade with Colorado staying pat at +1200 and Toronto falling slightly from +1000 to now fitting the Avalanche at +1200.
But with rumors swirling regarding the potential of star restricted free agent Mitch Marner signing an offer sheet at the forthcoming days, do not be shocked if the Leafs’ likelihood shift.
The alleged price that could be arriving Marner’s way is allegedly in the 12.5-million range each year, therefore it is difficult to find that the Leafs being able to manage him at that amount. A compensation of four first-round selections from whichever group decides to attempt to pry Marner from Toronto will surely be attractive to Dubas.
Preds Land Duchene
Among the biggest names on the agency list this past year was Matt Duchene. The 28-year-old centre is coming off his first 70-point season since the 2013-14 year when he played for Colorado, and he scored a career-high 31 goals too. Additionally, he had 10 points in 10 playoff games, helping carry Columbus to its first-ever second-round look.
The Nashville Predators would be the group to land Duchene on a seven-year, $56-million contract to assist the team that ranked 19th in scoring last year. With the Preds registering Duchene, their odds moved from +2200 into +1600.
Habs’ Plans are Foiled
The Canadiens made waves by becoming the first team to sign a player — Carolina’s Sebastian Aho — into an offer sheet because the Calgary Flames went after Ryan O’Reilly at 2013. Carolina needed a week to match the five-year, $42.27-million contract, and Hurricanes owner Tom Dundon has stated his team intends to achieve that.
Nevertheless, the Habs’ odds of winning the Stanley Cup have already been cut in half since free agency began, as they’re now +2500 after being available at +5000 before July 1.
Read more here: http://forteachers.ge/?p=5387