While much of the focus on hockey centers around the forthcoming World Cup, NHL training camps will be opening soon. A few teams still have some unfinished business in terms of team building, like signing restricted free agents and some of the few remaining unrestricted free agents who haven’t had to settle for tryout deals, but the quest for the 2017 Stanley Cup will begin in earnest soon.
With a summer full of drafting, trading and signing players just about complete, the oddsmakers have made adjustments to the early 2017 Stanley Cup odds we saw in the immediate aftermath of the Pittsburgh Penguins’ Stanley Cup win. The defending champs are still among the favorites, but they have company now.
The odds have changed one way or another for most NHL teams in the wake of their offseason maneuvering. Here’s a look at some of the adjustments via Bovada (early odds from June 13 and updated odds included in parentheses):
Chicago Blackhawks (was 10/1; now 9/1): The Blackhawks didn’t make a ton of big moves this offseason, but did add Brian Campbell and Michal Kempny to improve depth on the blue line. Andrew Shaw and Teuvo Teravainen were among the key losses up front, however.
Pittsburgh Penguins (was 8/1; now 9/1): The defending champs didn’t do much adding. They’ll enter next season with largely the same roster that just won the Stanley Cup.
Tampa Bay Lightning (was 14/1; now 10/1): The Lightning managed to keep would-be UFA Steven Stamkos and re-signed several other players to long-term extensions to keep them among the top teams in the East.
Washington Capitals (was 14/1; now 10/1): The Caps didn’t make any significant improvements, but they didn’t have any major losses following their run to the Presidents’ Trophy last year.
Dallas Stars (was 16/1; now 12/1): The Stars picked up some key veterans in Dan Hamhuis and Jiri Hudler, while losing Kris Russell and Jason Demers from their blue line. They’ll be looking for some of their young players to step up this year.
St. Louis Blues (was 12/1; now 14/1): Losing captain David Backes, playoff hero Troy Brouwer and goalie Brian Elliott gives them a lot to replace. The team will turn to Jake Allen as their No. 1 in net, brought in ex-Blue David Perron as a UFA and expect Vladimir Sobotka back after a two-year stint in the KHL.
San Jose Sharks (was 14/1; now 14/1): After reaching their first Stanley Cup Final, the Sharks roster remains largely intact, but they also boosted scoring depth by signing Mikkel Boedker.
Anaheim Ducks (was 16/1; now 16/1): The Ducks’ roster won’t look a lot different from last year’s team, but they’ve replaced Bruce Boudreau with Randy Carlyle behind the bench.
Florida Panthers (was 25/1; now 16/1): The Panthers were one of the most aggressive teams of the offseason, re-signing core players and bringing in new ones like defensemen Keith Yandle, Jason Demers, Mark Pysyk and goalie James Reimer.
Los Angeles Kings (was 14/1; now 16/1): The Kings lost Milan Lucic and couldn’t do much to address it, but they did add depth pieces like Teddy Purcell and Tom Gilbert.
Nashville Predators (was 18/1; now 16/1): The trade that made the league stand still has helped raise expectations in Nashville. P.K. Subban may be a better fit for Peter Laviolette’s up-tempo system than Shea Weber was.
Boston Bruins (was 25/1; now 25/1): Adding David Backes improves forward depth, but the Bruins did nothing to address the blue line — a major trouble spot last year.
Detroit Red Wings (was 18/1; now 25/1): The Red Wings lost Pavel Datsyuk to the KHL and spent a lot of money in trying to plug holes. New additions include Frans Nielsen, Thomas Vanek and Steve Ott.
Minnesota Wild (was 18/1; now 25/1): The Wild’s biggest change came behind the bench as Bruce Boudreau comes in with a history of improving middling teams. Eric Staal was the big free agent acquisition of the summer.
Montreal Canadiens (was 20/1; now 25/1): Losing P.K. Subban has affected perception of the Habs, but Shea Weber will be interesting in their system. Montreal also added Andrew Shaw and Alexander Radulov up front.
New York Islanders (was 20/1; now 25/1): The Isles lost Kyle Okposo and Frans Nielsen, two of the club’s top producers, to free agency. Andrew Ladd and Jason Chimera were the key offseason additions.
New York Rangers (was 18/1; now 25/1): The Rangers said goodbye to Keith Yandle and Derick Brassard while adding a cavalcade of depth forwards including Michael Grabner, Nathan Gerbe, Josh Jooris and Brandon Pirri. Mika Zibanejad (acquired in the Brassard trade) and college free agent Jimmy Vesey may be their most intriguing summer additions, though.
Edmonton Oilers (was 40/1; now 33/1): The Oilers traded away former No. 1 pick Taylor Hall for defenseman Adam Larsson and also signed Milan Lucic. They also will be looking forward to what they hope is a full season of healthy Connor McDavid.
Philadelphia Flyers (was 25/1; now 33/1): The Flyers did very little to their roster from a season ago, aside from adding depth forwards Dale Weise and Boyd Gordon.
Buffalo Sabres (was 66/1; now 50/1): The Sabres made a splash by acquiring Kyle Okposo in free agency and filled a hole on defense with Dmitry Kulikov.
Calgary Flames (was 40/1; now 50/1): The Flames still haven’t re-signed top forward Johnny Gaudreau and risk a contract dispute, but otherwise they made improvements by adding Brian Elliott and Troy Brouwer. Additionally Glen Gulutzan takes over as head coach.
Colorado Avalanche (was 33/1; now 50/1): The Avs had some minor signings like Joe Colborne and Fedor Tyutin, but then coach Patrick Roy resigned late in the summer. Rookie coach Jared Bednar is the new man in charge of a team that was backsliding.
New Jersey Devils (was 50/1; now 50/1): Adding Taylor Hall was a huge move towards more scoring for New Jersey. They also added former Penguins Ben Lovejoy and Beau Bennett, as well as veteran forward Vernon Fiddler.
Ottawa Senators (was 40/1; now 50/1): The biggest change for the Sens comes behind the bench as Guy Boucher takes over for Dave Cameron. Veteran forward Derick Brassard also was brought in via trade.
Toronto Maple Leafs (was 66/1; now 50/1): Drafting Auston Matthews with the No. 1 pick and bringing in Frederik Andersen to be the team’s new No. 1 goalie were the key moves of the Leafs’ summer.
Winnipeg Jets (was 50/1; now 50/1): No. 2 overall pick Patrik Laine should make an immediate impact, but the Jets didn’t make many significant moves this summer otherwise.
Arizona Coyotes (was 50/1; now 66/1): The Coyotes made several moves that suggest they’re still very aware of their status as a rebuilding team, but veteran defenseman Alex Goligoski was a pretty solid addition.
Carolina Hurricanes (was 50/1; now 66/1): The Canes mostly kept it simple this offseason, but did add Teuvo Teravainen from the Blackhawks and signed veteran forwards Lee Stempniak and Viktor Stalberg as stop-gaps as the rebuild continues.
Columbus Blue Jackets (was 50/1; now 66/1): Columbus was immobilized by their salary cap situation for the most part. They added Sam Gagner as a free agent and will be looking for contributions from some of their up-and-coming prospects.
Vancouver Canucks (was 50/1; now 66/1): The Canucks signed Loui Eriksson to boost scoring and also acquired Erik Gudbranson in a trade with the Panthers.
Source: CBS Sports / Updated early odds to win 2017 Stanley Cup: Blackhawks, Penguins co-favorites