Either the oddsmakers at Bovada weren't impressed with the Troy Brouwer and Kyle Brodziak acquisitions, or they disagreed with the retaining of Ken Hitchcock and the coaching staff, because the Blues have slipped in the odds this season as the favorite to win the Stanley Cup. They had 12/1 odds on June 16th, and today they're at 14/1. They're the 7th overall favored team. Here's the list of complete odds from Bovada:
|Odds on 6/16/15||Current Odds|
|Los Angeles Kings||14/1||10/1|
|New York Rangers||8/1||10/1|
|Tampa Bay Lightning||12/1||10/1|
|St. Louis Blues||12/1||14/1|
|New York Islanders||22/1||22/1|
|Columbus Blue Jackets||33/1||25/1|
|Detroit Red Wings||33/1||28/1|
|San Jose Sharks||40/1||40/1|
|New Jersey Devils||66/1||75/1|
|Toronto Maple Leafs||66/1||100/1|
A few observations: how can Milan Lucic turn the Kings into the number three favorites to win the Cup, and how can shipping off a good chunk of their best players (and have arguably their best, Patrick Kane, be a question mark), help the Blackhawks be the odds on favorite again? Coach Q must be somethin'. Sure wish he could coach for the Blues.
What's that? Never mind.
Also interesting is Toronto's drop off after the Phil Kessel trade that didn't help Pittsburgh improve in the odds at all, and how much the Dallas Stars' odds improved after adding Patrick Sharp and Johnny Oduya along with a little goaltending insurance in Antti Niemi.