With plenty of movement during the NHL offseason so far, betting lines are being adjusted daily. Teams like the Columbus Blue Jackets, Carolina Hurricanes, and Toronto Maple Leafs have all made big moves to improve their overall chances in 2023.
Other teams still have plenty of chances to sign free agents during this busy time in the offseason. Trades are still being made daily, and the NHL Draft has given some lower level teams life with young talent.
The NHL futures on FanDuel look pretty similar to last season. The Colorado Avalanche have the shortest odds to win the Cup in 2023, with a lot of the playoff teams from last season following closely behind.
2023 Stanley Cup Title Odds
Odds are via FanDuel.
- Colorado Avalanche +450
- Carolina Hurricanes +1000
- Toronto Maple Leafs +1000
- Tampa Bay Lightning +1200
- Florida Panthers +1300
- Vegas Golden Knights +1400
- Edmonton Oilers +1600
- New York Rangers +1700
- Pittsburgh Penguins +1800
- Minnesota Wild +1800
- Calgary Flames +2100
- St. Louis Blues +2500
- Boston Bruins +2700
- New York Islanders +3000
- Los Angeles Kings +3400
- Washington Capitals +3500
- Nashville Predators +4500
- Dallas Stars +4500
- Vancouver Canucks +5000
- Ottawa Senators +5000
- Detroit Red Wings +5500
- Winnipeg Jets +6000
- New Jersey Devils +6500
- Philadelphia Flyers +7000
- Buffalo Sabres +7500
- Columbus Blue Jackets +7500
- Anaheim Ducks +8500
- Montreal Canadiens +10000
- San Jose Sharks +10000
- Seattle Kraken +10000
- Chicago Blackhawks +20000
- Arizona Coyotes +30000
Biggest NHL Offseason Moves
Johnny Gaudreau to the Columbus Blue Jackets
Columbus is not known to be a big market team with high upside. However, for the former Calgary Flames star, the Blue Jackets were the perfect fit.
Gaudreau signed a 7-year deal with the Jackets that will payout nearly $10 million per year. Gaudreau was thought to be one of the most valuable players in free agency, and the Blue Jackets could not agree more, as they wasted no time in offering a deal that Gaudreau couldn’t resist.
He was a 40 goal scorer last season, and he also tallied 75 assists. That is nearly double the amount of points scored by any one Blue Jacket last year. This move improves an offense that ranked 14th in goals scored in 2022 and 24th on the power play.
Columbus is currently towards the bottom of the list for Stanley Cup contenders, but they are trending in the right direction. With leadership and offensive prowess coming from Johnny Gaudreau, it will likely attract more talent, and their +7500 line will likely get much shorter.
Brent Burns and Max Pacioretty to the Canes
We will start with the addition of Brent Burns who was traded away from the San Jose Sharks, a team he had spent the last 11 seasons with. He will likely take the role as #1 defenseman for Carolina, and it will strengthen the blue line dramatically for the Canes.
Burns played all 82 games last season for the Sharks. Even though he only tallied 10 goals on the season, his defensive presence was felt. He blocked 150 shots last year and stayed out of the penalty box more than he had in previous seasons.
On the offensive side, Max Pacioretty brings a veteran presence to a fast-paced Canes offense. He only played 39 games last year, but he was still able to tally 19 goals and 18 assists. He scored on 12.8%. of his shots, which is among the best in the league.
The Hurricanes are already one of the favorites in the Eastern Conference, but these two moves will make their chances at the Cup a lot easier than last season’s run. At +1000, the line should continue to drop as more moves will be made.
Devils Acquire Ondrej Palat
The New Jersey Devils are one of the youngest teams in the league. With the acquisition of Palat from Tampa Bay, they have added a veteran with championship experience.
This isn’t a short-term contract for the Devils either. They signed Palat to a 5-year contract, and the goal is to keep him around for as long as possible. With so much young talent, they may just be a few pieces away from truly making a playoff run.
Palat has been great in the postseason, recording 94 points in 138 career playoff games. This past run, he posted 11 goals and 10 assists in just 23 games. His regular season numbers aren’t bad either. He had 18 goals and 31 assists in 2022.
The Devils are expected to do better this upcoming season. They are listed at +6500, but with a veteran winger like Palat, it should make the lines a bit happier, and a playoff run may just be in the near future.
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