The Sabres Observer
by @DaveDavisHockey on 07/08/16 at 03:12 PM ET
Even with an improving and talented young team, the Sabres were the biggest longshot to win the 2017 Stanley Cup just a few weeks ago.
And while reasonable fans aren't expecting the team to be a serious contender for a championship this upcoming season, it's interesting that what Buffalo has done to its roster in recent weeks -- most noteworthy the signing of free agent Kyle Okposo and the acquisition of Dmitry Kulikov -- has vaulted them, for the first time in three years, out of the basement with Vegas bookmakers.
According to Bovada, the Sabres are a +5000 moneyline bet to win the Cup next season (if you bet $100 and they win it all, you get $5000). Long odds indeed, but they've leapfrogged Arizona, Carolina, Columbus and Vancouver and drawn even with Colorado, Calgary, Ottawa, Winnipeg and Toronto.
This means there are 20 teams with higher odds to win the Cup than Buffalo, unlike the past few years when all other 29 teams were rated higher.
The Penguins (+900) and Blackhawks (+950) are the favorites as of now. The Coyotes, Hurricanes, Blue Jackets and Canucks all share the worst odds at +6600.
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Dave Davis has covered the Buffalo Sabres for various NHL accredited websites and newspapers since 2003. He was the senior writer and Sabres correspondent for The Fourth Period, covered hockey for Western New York Sports and Leisure Magazine, and has had articles featured on NHL.com, FOX Sports, Yahoo Sports and in New York Sportscene. Sabres news and notes can be found on his Twitter page.
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