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The parade was lap skating. The handshake line is closed.
As we speak, the Stanley Cup is running a series of daily summer trips through the Colorado Avalanche organization.
But the b/r hockey team is still thinking about hockey.
which means that now a initial compilation of obstacles Compiled by DraftKings for the 2022–23 NHL season, it’s time to predict who will celebrate this time next year.
Can AVS replicate? Will the Tampa Bay Lightning be in the championship round for the fourth time in a row? And which will be the new team running deep next spring?
Scroll through to see how the numbers pan out and feel free to leave a thought or two in the comments.
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32. Arizona Coyotes (+50000,
Well, we understand that all teams have to be involved. But we’ll say it here: The Arizona Coyotes aren’t going to win the Stanley Cup next season. In fact, reaching the playoffs would be a miracle on ice-level event for the Coyotes.
31. Chicago Blackhawks (+50000)
Enter the Blackhawks with the Coyotes in the “No chance, not even a small” column. In fact, given all the rebuilding commitments made by GM Kyle Davidson, it’s about 50/50 that United Center residents will be watchable, let alone relevant.
30. Montreal Canadiens (+20000)
It won’t satisfy fans in the league’s most hockey-crazed city, but there’s a significant difference between No. 30 and No. 31, and the Canadiens are at least to the right of it. And remember, they’re only a year away 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 would be hard to see him leave the locker room without stalwart defenseman Brent Burns. The controversy won’t come for a while, but GM Mike Grier deserves a honeymoon period.
28. Anaheim Duck (+15000)
The Ducks have shown signs of being a young team that has the potential to get out. They were in the top half of the league for the first few months of 2021–22, before being pulled out of the long haul. Regardless, any team with Trevor Zegrass is worth a look.
27. Philadelphia Flyers (+15000)
Ouch. It’s been 47 years since the Flyers completed their Repeat Cup championship, and given the off-season they had, it looks like it will be long before a real shot at second. Jonny Goudreau wouldn’t have guaranteed a title, but he would be a good turn.
26. Buffalo Saber (+10000)
Well, the Sabers aren’t going to win the cup next season either. But of all the teams in this grouping, it looks like they are the closest to passing the playoff-qualified group. A young and talented corps will soon start brawling, but in the meantime, there’s always football.
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25. Columbus Blue Jacket (+10000)
Kudos to GM Jermo Kecklenen for pulling off a free-agency term heiress when he lured Goudreau to Ohio for seven years and $68.25 million — not to mention keeping Patrick Line for four years and $34.8 million. If nothing else, those tricks make things interesting.
24. Seattle Kraken (+10000)
Getting Cup winner Andre Burakovsky into free agency was a win, but the Kraken did more for their future by plucking Shane Wright with a fourth pick on draft day. He and Matty Beniers will be the pieces in place when continued success finally arrives.
23. Winnipeg Jets (+6000)
The Jets looked like a bargain at +4500 before the 2021-22 season began, but the rate of +6000 here seems very modest in terms of potential payoff for a team that fell out of the playoff picture and itself Didn’t do much to back it up. for prominence.
22. Detroit Red Wings (+6000)
People are waiting for the long-term plan set up by GM Steve Yzerman to bear fruit, and the Hall of Fame player had a brilliant executive. It is unlikely to lead to a title in 2022-23, but has earned him a few extra years of trust.
21. Ottawa Senator (+5500)
Pierre Dorian with Yzerman on “Which GM won the off-season?” argument. The Senators got Alex Debrincat and Cam Talbot for a song, caught Claude Giroux as a free agent and could start sniffing the playoff perimeter in 2022–23.
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20. Dallas Stars (+4500)
The Stars were the first team on the list to make the playoffs the previous season, although this was a brief stay due to a first-round elimination by the Calgary Flames. A season with good health and less COVID-19 troubles will provide an authentic chance of success.
19. Vancouver Canucks (+4500)
The Canucks were a separate team once Bruce Boudreau took over as coach, and they joined the Pacific Division mix due to personnel losses in Calgary and Vegas. Deciding on free agent JT Miller looms 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’s team is heading in the right direction. Their biggest moves have come thanks to the development of free-agency pickups such as Dougie Hamilton and Ondrej Palt, as well as recent drafts from Jack Hughes and Nico Hisier.
17. Washington Capitals (+4000)
The Capitals grab a Stanley Cup goalkeeper in free agent Darcy Kumper as they desperately try to keep the contention window open, while Alex Ovechkin closes Wayne Gretzky’s all-time goal-scoring record. In the meantime replacing Niklas Backstrom is a heavy lift.
16. Nashville Predators (+4000)
GM David Poil’s task going into the off-season was to keep long-time winger Philipp Forsberg in the fold, and he locked the 27-year-old Swede for eight years and $68 million. Is that the championship tipping point? No, but that will keep them relevant.
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15. New York Islanders (+3500)
The Islanders were in the NHL’s Playoff Final Four under coach Barry Trotz for two years, but he’s gone now and GM Lou Lamorillo is on the cusp of making things up. Acquiring Goudreau would have helped the goal-hungry offense, but it would have to be done by someone else.
14. Boston Bruins (+3500)
This is another year of debate “is the window still open?” In Boston when their roster turns another year old. Patrice Bergeron is 37 and hasn’t decided on his plans for next season, while star winger David Pasternak, 26, is heading into the final year of his contract.
13. St. Louis Blues (+3500)
The Blues lost a goalkeeper at Ville Husso and a brilliant forward in David Peron, and now entered the contract walk season of winger Vladimir Tarasenko. Coming home to Matthew Tkachuk would have helped ease those pains. Instead, it is an uncertain future.
12. Los Angeles Kings (+3500)
Some move up the ladder from the Sabers in terms of future promise, the Kings were a playoff team in 2021–22 and added Kevin Fiala via trade, keeping Adrian Kempe for $5.5 million for the next four years. If you want a dark, dark horse for 2022-23, here it is.
11. New York Rangers (+2000)
Lest one forget, the Rangers were a last-four playoff team last season and had two games on the Lightning for a berth in the Championship Series. He’s added a 21-goal scorer to winger Vincent Trochek, and betting on him to parade could be worth the 20-to-1 risk.
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10. Pittsburgh Penguins (+2000)
Kudos to GM Ron Hextall for pulling off an unlikely rescue operation and keeping both veteran defenseman Chris Letang and veteran forward Evgeny Malkin on board for several more seasons. Grabbing Jeff Petrie from Montreal ensured that the pen would be old, tough.
9. Minnesota Wild (+1900)
Wilde finished fifth overall last season and is within avalanche distance in the Central Division, but he has moved up to 2022–23 as a backup goalkeeper at Talbot and a young forward at Fiala. It will be interesting to see which direction they go when the game starts.
8. Vegas Golden Knights (+1900)
The Golden Knights never missed the playoffs until last season’s debacle, but the odd-makers are giving credit for past achievements. Jack Eichel will be around for the entire season and Reilly Smith has stayed, but it’s a stretch to suggest that the Golden Knights are better.
7. Calgary Flames (+1900)
Speaking of personnel losses, neither team suffered a high-profile blow, with GM Brad Trelliving losing both Goudreau and Takachuk. But getting Jonathan Huberdeau and Mackenzie Weiger from Florida for Takachuk was a grand save for an embattled executive.
6. Edmonton Oilers (+1600)
GM Ken Holland’s to-do list for the off-season also included keeping Evander Kane and Brett Kulak and bringing in a reliable No. 1 goalkeeper. He pulled it off in a team-friendly manner, ensuring that Conor McDavid’s eighth season would begin with more optimism than the first seven.
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5. Carolina Hurricanes (+1200)
The Hurricanes were a disappointing second-round playoff loser for the Rangers, after losing at the Metropolitan Division ground in the regular season. But he returned well and added Burns from San Jose and Max Pacioretti from Vegas to an already high-quality lineup. Purchase
4. Tampa Bay Lightning (+1200)
How many times can coach John Cooper push a team to the brink of the championship after sustaining significant personnel losses every season? Palat was the departing party this time, although the Lightning had long held off Nicholas Paul and Mikhail Sergachev.
3. Toronto Maple Leafs (+850)
Oh, Maple Leafs. They retain one of the league’s most talented rosters, although they kept hitting hits with goalkeeper Jack Campbell as they moved to Edmonton. Bringing in Matt Murray from Ottawa fills the hole, but it will be pin and needle playoff time again in Toronto.
2. Florida Panthers (+850)
The Panthers were all-in for 2021-22 and added Giroux and Ben Chiarot in deadline trades, but neither stayed as free agents nor did anything. Getting to Takachuk from Calgary is certainly a great addition, but the cost of trading properties on the contrary seems daunting.
1. Colorado Avalanche (+400)
Who wouldn’t want to be an avalanche? The defending champions are full of skilled players still in their 20s, including Norris Trophy and Conn Smyth winner Kale Makar. Alexander Georgiev is the fill-in for Kumper and has inherited the pressure of being the No. 1 goalkeeper.
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