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The parade lap was skated. The handshake line is closed.
As we communicate, the Stanley Cup is making its sequence of each day summertime journeys by way of the Colorado Avalanche group.
But the B/R hockey staff remains to be fascinated by, properly…hockey.
Which means now that an early compilation of odds for the 2022-23 NHL season has been compiled by DraftKings, it is time to predict who’ll be celebrating this time subsequent yr.
Can the Avs repeat? Will the Tampa Bay Lightning be in the championship spherical for a fourth straight time? And which might be the new staff to make a deep run come subsequent spring?
Scroll by way of to see how the numbers shake out and be at liberty to drop a thought or two of your personal in the feedback.
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32. Arizona Coyotes (+50000)
OK, we perceive that each one groups should be included. But we’ll say it right here: The Arizona Coyotes usually are not successful the Stanley Cup subsequent season. In truth, simply attending to the playoffs can be a Miracle on Ice-level prevalence for the Coyotes.
31. Chicago Blackhawks (+50000)
File the Blackhawks alongside the Coyotes in the “no likelihood, not even just a little one” column. In truth, given the all-in rebuild commitments made by GM Kyle Davidson, it is about 50/50 the residents of the United Center might be watchable, not to mention related.
30. Montreal Canadiens (+20000)
It will not fulfill the followers in what’s arguably the league’s most hockey-mad metropolis, however there is a vital hole between No. 30 and No. 31, and the Canadiens are at least on the appropriate aspect of it. And bear in mind, they’re solely a yr faraway from a run to the title spherical.
29. San Jose Sharks (+18,000)
A number of years in the past, it was exhausting to think about a Sharks staff with out Joe Thornton. This season, it’s going to be exhausting to look at them emerge from the locker room with out stalwart defenseman Brent Burns. Contention will not come for some time, however GM Mike Grier deserves a honeymoon interval.
28. Anaheim Ducks (+15,000)
The Ducks have proven indicators of being that younger staff with the potential to interrupt out. They have been amongst the league’s high half for the first couple months of 2021-22 earlier than bottoming out over the lengthy haul. Regardless, any staff with Trevor Zegras is value watching.
27. Philadelphia Flyers (+15,000)
Ouch. It’s been 47 years since the Flyers accomplished their repeat Cup championships, and given the offseason they’d, it feels prefer it’ll be that lengthy earlier than an actual shot at one other. Johnny Gaudreau would not have assured a title, however he’d have been a pleasant diversion.
26. Buffalo Sabers (+10,000)
OK, the Sabers aren’t going to win the Cup subsequent season, both. But of all the groups on this grouping, it seems like they’re the closest to crossing over to the playoff-worthy group. A younger and proficient core will begin rivalry shortly, however in the meantime, there’s at all times soccer.
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25. Columbus Blue Jackets (+10000)
Kudos to GM Jarmo Kekalainen for pulling off the heist of the free-agency interval when he lured Gaudreau to Ohio for seven years and $68.25 million—to not point out retaining Patrik Laine for 4 years and $34.8 million. If nothing else, these strikes make issues fascinating.
24. Seattle Kraken (+10000)
Getting Cup winner Andre Burakovsky in free company was a win, however the Kraken did extra for their future by plucking Shane Wright with the fourth decide on draft day. He and Matty Beniers might be the items in place when constant success in the end arrives.
23. Winnipeg Jets (+6000)
The Jets appeared like a discount at +4500 earlier than the 2021-22 season started, however the +6000 fee right here appears fairly slight when it comes to potential payouts for a staff that plummeted out of the playoff image and hasn’t achieved a lot to return itself to prominence.
22. Detroit Red Wings (+6000)
People have been ready for the long-term plan established by GM Steve Yzerman to bear fruit, and the Hall of Fame participant had a stellar government offseason. It’s not prone to result in a title in 2022-23, however he is earned an extra few years of confidence.
21. Ottawa Senators (+5500)
Put Pierre Dorion proper alongside Yzerman in the “Which GM gained the offseason?” debate. The Senators acquired Alex DeBrincat and Cam Talbot for a music, grabbed Claude Giroux as a free agent and may begin sniffing the playoff periphery in 2022-23.
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20. Dallas Stars (+4500)
The Stars have been the first staff on the checklist to have made the playoffs final season, though it was a quick keep because of a first-round elimination by the Calgary Flames. A season with first rate well being and lessened COVID-19 hassles would supply an genuine likelihood for success.
19. Vancouver Canucks (+4500)
The Canucks have been a special staff as soon as Bruce Boudreau took over as coach, and they determine to be in the Pacific Division combine because of the personnel losses in Calgary and Vegas. Making a choice on impending free agent JT Miller looms between now and coaching camp.
18. New Jersey Devils (+4500)
The Devils aren’t fairly there but, and they play in a brutally aggressive division, however GM Tom Fitzgerald has the staff getting in the proper course. Their largest steps ahead have come because of free-agency pickups like Dougie Hamilton and Ondrej Palat in addition to the improvement of current draft picks Jack Hughes and Nico Hischier.
17. Washington Capitals (+4000)
The Capitals grabbed a Stanley Cup goalie in free agent Darcy Kuemper as they desperately attempt to hold the rivalry window open whereas Alex Ovechkin closes in on Wayne Gretzky’s all-time goal-scoring report. Replacing Nicklas Backstrom is a heavy carry in the meantime.
16. Nashville Predators (+4000)
GM David Poile’s process heading into the offseason was retaining winger Filip Forsberg in the fold for the long run, and he succeeded, locking the 27-year-old Swede down for eight years and $68 million. Is he a championship tipping level? No. But he’ll hold them related.
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15. New York Islanders (+3500)
The Islanders have been a two-year fixture in the NHL’s playoff closing 4 underneath coach Barry Trotz, however he is gone now and GM Lou Lamoriello is in the chute to make issues occur. Getting Gaudreau would have helped a goal-starved offense, nevertheless it’ll should be another person.
14. Boston Bruins (+3500)
It’s one other yr of debating “Is the window nonetheless open?” in Boston as their roster will get one other yr older. Patrice Bergeron is 37 and has not selected his plan for subsequent season, whereas star winger David Pastrnak, 26, is headed to the closing yr of his contract.
13. St. Louis Blues (+3500)
The Blues misplaced a goalie in Ville Husso and a prolific ahead in David Perron, and now head into the stroll season of winger Vladimir Tarasenko’s contract. Getting Matthew Tkachuk to come back house would have helped ease these pains. Instead, it is an unsure future.
12. Los Angeles Kings (+3500)
A number of rungs up the ladder from the Sabers when it comes to future promise, the Kings have been a playoff staff in 2021-22 and added Kevin Fiala through commerce whereas retaining Adrian Kempe for the subsequent 4 years at $5.5 million apiece. If you desire a darkish, darkish horse for 2022-23, right here it’s.
11. New York Rangers (+2000)
Lest anybody neglect, the Rangers have been a final-four playoff staff final season and have been two video games up on the Lightning for a berth in the championship sequence. They’ve added a 21-goal scorer in winger Vincent Trocheck, and betting on them to have a parade is likely to be value the threat at 20-to-1.
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10. Pittsburgh Penguins (+2000)
Kudos to GM Ron Hextall for pulling off an unlikely salvage operation and retaining each veteran defenseman Kris Letang and veteran ahead Evgeni Malkin for a number of extra seasons. Grabbing Jeff Petry from Montreal ensures the Pens might be an outdated, powerful out.
9. Minnesota Wild (+1900)
The Wild completed fifth total final season and inside shouting distance of the Avalanche in the Central Division, however they’re down a backup goalie in Talbot and a younger ahead in Fiala heading to 2022-23. It’ll be fascinating to see what course they take when the video games start.
8. Vegas Golden Knights (+1900)
The Golden Knights had by no means missed the playoffs till final season’s debacle, however the oddsmakers are offering credit score for previous accomplishments. Jack Eichel might be round for a full season and Reilly Smith stayed, nevertheless it’s a stretch to counsel the Golden Knights are higher.
7. Calgary Flames (+1900)
Speaking of personnel losses, no staff was dealt the high-profile blows GM Brad Treliving sustained in shedding each Gaudreau and Tkachuk. But getting Jonathan Huberdeau and MacKenzie Weegar from Florida for Tkachuk was a superb save for an embattled government.
6. Edmonton Oilers (+1600)
GM Ken Holland’s to-do checklist for the offseason included retaining Evander Kane and Brett Kulak and bringing in a dependable No. 1 goalie, too. He pulled it off in team-friendly trend, making certain Connor McDavid’s eighth season will start with extra optimism than the first seven did.
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5. Carolina Hurricanes (+1200)
The Hurricanes have been a disappointing second-round playoff loser to the Rangers after lapping the Metropolitan Division discipline in the common season. But they rebounded properly and added Burns from San Jose and Max Pacioretty from Vegas to an already high-quality lineup. Buy.
4. Tampa Bay Lightning (+1200)
Just what number of occasions can coach Jon Cooper push a staff to the championship brink after sustaining vital personnel losses each offseason? Palat was the departing occasion this time round, though the Lightning did lock up Nicholas Paul and Mikhail Sergachev for the long run.
3. Toronto Maple Leafs (+850)
Oh, the Maple Leafs. They retain certainly one of the league’s most proficient rosters, though they sustained a success with goalie Jack Campbell heading to Edmonton. Bringing Matt Murray in from Ottawa fills the gap, nevertheless it’ll be pins and needles in Toronto once more come playoff time.
2. Florida Panthers (+850)
The Panthers have been all-in for 2021-22 and scooped up Giroux and Ben Chiarot in deadline trades, however neither stayed as free brokers and walked for nothing. Getting Tkachuk from Calgary is actually an amazing addition, however the price of traded belongings appears daunting in contrast.
1. Colorado Avalanche (+400)
Who would not wish to be the Avalanche? The defending champs are loaded with expert gamers nonetheless of their 20s, together with Norris Trophy and Conn Smythe winner Cale Makar. Aleksandar Georgiev is the fill-in for Kuemper and inherits the stress of being a No. 1 goalie.
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