Before Chicago fans could even recover from their Stanley Cup party hangover, Vegas already released their Stanley Cup odds on Tuesday for who would win the Cup in 2016. But don't worry Blackhawks fans, the wiseguys think the party is going to go on for another year.
According to the odds released by Bovada, the Blackhawks are the favorites to hoist the Cup yet again in 2016 at 7/1 followed by the New York Rangers at 8/1. Considering what the Rangers have given up in recent years to build a championship contender and the fact that the Rangers have not had a first-round draft pick since 2012, many pointed to this season as make or break run for New York. Evidently Vegas believes reports of their demise have been greatly exaggerated.
As for the Caps' turnaround in Washington, Vegas isn't buying it. The Caps fell all the way to 12th with 18/1 odds to win. Considering that the team came within one goal of reaching the conference finals, that seems a bit harsh, but with numerous expiring contracts there is a lot of uncertainty over what this roster may look like in the fall. This could be a very different team come October.
Still, it is hard to understand how a team like Pittsburgh can be favored over the Caps.
That's right the Penguins were tied for 6th at 14/1 with Los Angeles, Minnesota and Montreal. Somehow, despite losing to the Rangers in five games in the first round and rumors of the team seeking to trade Evgeni Malkin, Mike Johnston's squad still looks like the better bet to Vegas.
Boston also sits ahead of the Caps at 16/1. After not making the playoffs in 2015 and a quiet start to the offseason that included firing their general manager, the Bruins are evidently more likely to hoist Lord Stanley's chalice than the Caps.
To be fair, captain Alex Ovechkin is growing older and will be 30 at the start of the 2015-16 season. It is easy to see how the oddsmakers could be more confident in a Boston team led by the youthful 38-year-old Zdeno Chara.
Despite initial rumblings that former Caps' coach Bruce Boudreau could be canned in Anaheim, the Ducks came in at third on the list with 10/1 odds, followed by St. Louis and Tampa Bay at 12/1. Connor McDavid fever has spread to the desert as the hapless Edmonton Oilers were given 33/1 odds, tied with Detroit and Columbus for 15th.
Mike Babcock will have his work cut out for him in Toronto as the Leafs were given only 66/1 odds. All the way at the bottom at 100/1 are Buffalo, Carolina and Arizona. Perhaps a more interesting bet would be on where the Coyotes will call home next season after the city of Glendale ended the team's lease at Gila River Arena.
So grab another slice of deep-dish pizza and a Polish sausage, Chicago fans! The dynasty will stretch into 2016.
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