Having a wild opening few days of free service having come and gone, there’ve been some shakeups on the oddsboard with big names like Matt Duchene, Sergei Bobrovsky and Artemi Panarin finding new homes for the foreseeable future. However, many of the favorites continue to be on peak of the oddsboard with the Tampa Bay Lightning leading just like the very early favorites in +700.
Online sportsbook BetOnline has got 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 at +1200, St. Louis Blues at +1400, along with the Nashville Predators, San Jose Sharks, Washington Capitals and Winnipeg Jets at +1600 to round out the top teams on the oddsboard.
Avs Swing Deal, leafs GM Kyle Dubas seems to have cleared out the last of those players that were on the 2013 Toronto Maple Leafs team who had the epic collapse in Game 7 against the Boston Bruins.
Defenseman Jake Gardiner is likely leaving via free agency and on July 1, the Leafs pulled off a trade with the Colorado Avalanche sending Nazem Kadri (the final of the 2013 team), Calle Rosen plus a third-round pick into the Avs in exchange for Tyson Barrie, Alex Kerfoot and a sixth-round draft selection.
Not much changed on the oddsboard as a result of this trade with Colorado staying pat +1200 and Toronto dropping marginally from +1000 to currently matching the Avalanche at +1200.
But with rumors swirling regarding the potential of star restricted free agent Mitch Marner signing an offer sheet in the forthcoming days, do not be surprised when the Leafs’ likelihood shift.
The alleged price that could be coming Marner’s way is allegedly in the $12.5-million range per year, therefore it is hard to see the Leafs being able to afford him at the number. A compensation of four first-round selections from whichever group makes the decision to attempt to pry Marner from Toronto will certainly be appealing to Dubas.
Preds Land Duchene
Among the biggest names on the free agency 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 carry Columbus to its first-ever second-round appearance.
The Nashville Predators were the team to property Duchene on a seven-year, $56-million contract to help the group that ranked 19th in scoring last year. Together with the Preds signing Duchene, their chances moved from +2200 to +1600.
Habs’ Plans are Foiled
The Canadiens made waves by becoming the first team to sign a player — Carolina’s Sebastian Aho — to an offer sheet because 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 proprietor Tom Dundon has stated his group plans 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 accessible at +5000 prior to July 1.
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