Having a wild opening couple of days of free service having come and gone, there’ve been some shakeups on the oddsboard with large names like Matt Duchene, Sergei Bobrovsky and Artemi Panarin finding new homes for the foreseeable future. However, many of the favorites are still at the top of the oddsboard with the Tampa Bay Lightning leading just like the very early favorites in +700.
Online sportsbook BetOnline gets 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 at +1400, and the Nashville Predators, San Jose Sharks, Washington Capitals and Winnipeg Jets at +1600 to round out the leading teams on the oddsboard.
Avs Swing Deal, leafs GM Kyle Dubas appears to have cleared from the last of those players who were around the 2013 Toronto Maple Leafs team 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 final of the 2013 group ), Calle Rosen and a third-round pick to the Avs in exchange for Tyson Barrie, Alex Kerfoot plus a sixth-round draft pick.
Much changed on the oddsboard as a result of this trade with Colorado staying pat +1200 and Toronto falling marginally from +1000 to now fitting the Avalanche in +1200.
However, with rumors swirling regarding the potential of star restricted free agent Mitch Marner signing an offer sheet in the coming days, don’t be surprised if the Leafs’ odds shift.
The alleged cost that could be arriving Marner’s manner is reportedly in the $12.5-million range each year, so it’s difficult to see that the Leafs being able to manage him at that amount. A compensation of four first-round selections from whichever team decides to attempt to pry Marner from Toronto will certainly be appealing to Dubas.
Preds Land Duchene
Among the names on the service list this past year was Matt Duchene. The 28-year-old center is coming off his first 70-point season because the 2013-14 season when he played for Colorado, and he also scored a career-high 31 goals as well. Furthermore, he had 10 points in 10 playoff games, helping carry Columbus to its first-ever second-round look.
The Nashville Predators would be the team to property Duchene on a seven-year, $56-million contract to help the team that ranked 19th in scoring last year. Together with the Preds signing Duchene, their odds moved from +2200 into +1600.
Habs’ Plans are Foiled
The Canadiens made waves by becoming the first team to sign a participant — Carolina’s Sebastian Aho — to an offer sheet since the Calgary Flames went after Ryan O’Reilly in 2013. Carolina needed a week to match the five-year, $42.27-million contract, and Hurricanes owner Tom Dundon has stated his group intends to achieve that.
Still, the Habs’ chances of winning the Stanley Cup have already been cut in half since free agency began, as they are now +2500 later being available at +5000 before July 1.
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