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Free Agency Leads to Changes in Stanley Cup Odds

Sascha Paruk of SBD:

"The biggest movers in the 2020 Stanley Cup futures are, unsurprisingly, the teams that made the biggest splashes in free agency, the trade market, and the draft. No team has seen its odds improve more this offseason than the New Jersey Devils, who lucked into #1 pick Jack Hughes, dealt for 2013 Norris-winner PK Subban, and signed aging power forward Wayne Simmonds. Even though Simmonds is past his prime, his net-front presence coupled with Subban's big one-timer have the potential to boost a New Jersey PP that finished 21st in the NHL last year. Questions remain, between the pipes in particular, but the Devils' odds have nonetheless moved from +8000 in mid-June to +4000 in early July.

Their Metro rivals, the New York Rangers, made identical gains after trading for Jacob Trouba, signing Artemi Panarin, and drafting Kaapo Kakko #2 overall. Entering the second year of what looked like a long rebuild, the Blueshirts were a +6600 afterthought before their flurry of activity. But Jeff Gorton's retooled roster is now +2500 to win the 2020 Cup, as well.

While there wasn't as much movement in the West, Dallas is now seen as legitimate threat, going from +2800 to +2000. The Stars added Joe Pavelski and Corey Perry in free agency and, despite losing perennially underrated Mats Zuccarello, are now firmly in the top tier of the conference, along with Vegas (+1000), Colorado (+1200), St. Louis (+1400), San Jose (+1600), Nashville (+1600), and Winnipeg (+1600). After Dallas, there's a big drop off to Arizona at +3300."

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