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A lap of the procession has slipped. The handshake line is closed.
As we speak, the Stanley Cup Series is making daily winter trips through the Colorado Avalanche organization.
But the B/R hockey team is still thinking, well… hockey.
That means now that the early set of odds for the 2022-23 NHL season have been assembled by DraftKings, it’s time to predict who will be celebrating this time next year.
Can you repeat the Avs? Will the Tampa Bay Lightning make it to the championship round for a fourth straight season? And who will be the new team to make a deep run next spring?
Scroll through to see how the numbers shake out, and feel free to drop a thought or two of your own in the comments.
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32. Arizona Coyotes (+50,000)
OK, we understand that all groups should be included. But here we go: The Arizona Coyotes are not going to win the Stanley Cup next season. Honestly, just getting to the playoffs would be an on-ice miracle for the Coyotes.
31. Chicago Blackhawks (+50000)
File the Blackhawks with the Coyotes in the “no chance, not even a little bit” column. Indeed, given GM Kyle Davidson’s comprehensive rebuilding commitment, it’s about 50/50 that United Center residents will be useful.
30. Montreal Canadiens (+20000)
It won’t satisfy fans in the league’s most hockey-crazy city, but there’s a big difference between No. 30 and 31, and the Canadiens are at least on the right side. And remember, you’re only one year removed from a run to the title round.
29. San Jose Sharks (+18000)
A few years ago, it was hard to imagine a Sharks team without Joe Thornton. This season, it will be difficult to watch Brent Burns come out of the locker room without strong defenseman. Controversy won’t come for a while, but GM Mike Grier deserves a honeymoon period.
28. Anaheim Ducks (+15000)
The Ducks have shown signs of being a young team with upside. In the first two months of 2021-22, they were in the top half of the league before going a long way. Regardless, a team with Trevor Zegras is worth watching.
27. Philadelphia Flyers (+15000)
Oh, it’s been 47 years since the Flyers won back-to-back Cup championships, and with the season they’ve had, it looks like it’ll be that long before they have a real shot at another one. Johnny Gaudreau wouldn’t have guaranteed him a title, but it was a nice diversion.
26. Buffalo Sabers (+10000)
Well, the Sabers won’t win the title next season either. But out of all the teams in this group, they feel the closest they can get to the finals. A young and talented core will soon start arguing, but there is always football in the middle.
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25. Columbus Blue Jackets (+10000)
Kudos to GM Jarmo Kekalainen for spending the free agent period luring Gaudreau to Ohio for seven years and $68.25 million, not to mention keeping Patrick Laine for four years and $34.8 million. If nothing else, these activities make things fun.
24. Seattle Kraken (+10000)
Acquiring championship-winning Andre Burakovsky in free agency was a win, but the Kraken did even more for their future by snagging Shane Wright with the fourth pick on draft day. When streak success finally comes, it will be him and Matty Benniers.
23. Winnipeg Jets (+6000)
The Jets looked like a bargain at +4500 before the start of the 2021-22 season, but the +6000 rate here seems too small for a potential payout for a team that has been out of the playoffs and has done little to get itself back. to fame.
22. Detroit Red Wings (+6000)
People have been waiting for the long-term plan established by GM Steve Yzerman to come to fruition, and the Hall of Famer had an executive season. In the year He’s unlikely to lead to a title in 2022-23, but he’s got confidence for a few more years.
21. Ottawa Senators (+5500)
In “Which GM won the season?” Put Pierre Dorion on Yerman’s side. Debate. The Senators acquired Alex DeBrincat and Cam Talbot for a single, signed Claude Giroux as a free agent and could begin sniffing the 2022-23 season.
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20. Dallas Stars (+4500)
The Stars were the first team to make the playoffs last season, despite a brief layoff due to a first-round loss to the Calgary Flames. A season with good health and reduced complications from Covid-19 offers a fair chance for success.
19. Vancouver Canucks (+4500)
The Canucks were a different team when Bruce Boudreau took over as coach, and thanks to personnel losses in Calgary and Vegas, they looked like they belonged in the Pacific Division. A decision on incoming free agent JT Miller will likely loom between now and training camp.
18. New Jersey Devils (+4500)
The Devils aren’t quite there yet, and they play in a brutally competitive division, but GM Tom Fitzgerald has the team headed in the right direction. Their biggest moves came from free agency acquisitions like Dougie Hamilton and Ondrej Palat, as well as recent draft picks Jack Hughes and Nico Hischier.
17. Washington Capitals (+4000)
As Alex Ovechkin closes in on Wayne Gretzky’s all-time scoring record, the Capitals have acquired a Stanley Cup goaltender in free agent Darcy Kuemper as they try to extend the window of contention. Replacing Nicklas Backstrom is a tough lift until then.
16. Nashville Predators (+4000)
GM David Poile’s move to outfield was to keep winger Filip Forsberg long-term, and he succeeded in locking up the 27-year-old Swede for eight years and $68 million. Is it a championship point? No, but it keeps them relevant.
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15. New York Islands (+3500)
The Isles were in the NHL playoffs two years ago under coach Barry Trotz, but now he’s gone and GM Lou Lamoriello is gearing up to make things happen. Getting Gaudreau would benefit a goal-starved offense, but it would have to be someone else.
14. Boston Bruins (+3500)
It’s another year of debate, “Is the window still open?” As their list in Boston adds another year. Patrice Bergeron is 37 years old and undecided on his plans for next season, while star winger David Pastruck, 26, is heading into the final year of his contract.
13. St. Louis Blues (+3500)
The Blues have lost goalkeeper Ville Husso and striker David Peron and are now set to sign a contract for winger Vladimir Tarasenko. Having Matthew Tkachuk come home would help ease the pain. Rather, the future is unknown.
12. Los Angeles Kings (+3500)
Few make up the ladder from the Sabers in terms of future commitments, the Kings were a playoff team in 2021-22 and added Kevin Fiala via trade and kept Adrian Kempe for the next four years at $5.5 million each. If you want a dark, dark horse for 2022-23, here it is.
11. New York Rangers (+2000)
Lest anyone forget, the Rangers were a Final-Four playoff team last season and were two games out of the championship game. They’ve added a 21-goal scorer in winger Vincent Trocheck, and betting on them to make the rally could be worth the risk at 20-to-1.
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10. Pittsburgh Penguins (+2000)
Kudos to GM Ron Hextall for pulling off an unlikely save and keeping both veteran defenseman Kris Letang and veteran Evgeni Malkin around for several more seasons. Acquiring Jeff Petry from Montreal ensures the Pens will be old and strong.
9. Minnesota Wild (+1900)
The Durd finished fifth overall last season and were within striking distance of the Avalanche in the Central Division, but a backup goaltender and young forward in Talbot is headed to Philly in 2022-23. It will be interesting to see what direction they take when the games start.
8. Vegas Golden Knights (+1900)
The Golden Knights hadn’t missed the playoffs until last season’s fall, but the odds are they’re giving thanks to past successes. Jack Eichel will stay for a full season and Reilly Smith will stay, but it’s wide open to suggest that the Golden Knights are better.
7. Calgary Flames (+1900)
Speaking of personnel losses, neither team took the high-profile blow of GM Brad Treliving losing Gaudreau and Tkachuk. But getting Jonathan Huberdeau and Mackenzie Wegar from Florida for Tkachuk was a wonderful salve for a busy executive.
6. Edmonton Oilers (+1600)
GM Ken Holland’s to-do list for the offseason includes retaining Evander Kane and Brett Kulak and bringing in a reliable No. 1 goaltender. Connor McDavid has kicked off his eighth season in team-friendly fashion, ensuring that it starts off brighter than his first seven.
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5. Carolina Hurricanes (+1200)
The Hurricanes lost to the Rangers in the second round of the playoffs after winning the Metropolitan Division in the regular season. But they bounced back nicely and added Burns from San Jose and Max Pacioret from Vegas to an already high-quality lineup. Buy it.
4. Tampa Bay Lightning (+1200)
How many times can coach John Cooper push his team to the brink of a championship after suffering significant personnel losses each season? Although the Lightning locked up Nikolas Paul and Mikhail Sergachev for a long time, Palat was the release party this time.
3. Toronto Maple Leafs (+850)
Oh, maple leaves. They retain one of the league’s most talented rosters, though, with goaltender Jack Campbell headed to Edmonton. Bringing in Matt Murray from Ottawa fills the hole, but it will be pins and needles in Toronto.
2. Florida Panthers (+850)
The Panthers went all-in for 2021-22 and secured Giroux and Ben Chiarot in trades at the deadline, but neither stayed as free agents and went for nothing. Acquiring Tkachuk from Calgary is certainly a big plus, but the value of the traded assets seems counterintuitive.
1. Colorado Avalanche (+400)
Who doesn’t want to be an Avalanche? The defending champions are loaded with talented players in their 20s, including Norris Trophy and Con Smith winner Kale Makar. Aleksandar Georgiev fills in for Kuemper and inherits the pressure of being the No. 1 goalkeeper.
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