The hockey world (and anyone who has Pittsburgh Penguins Stanley Cup futures) can breathe a collective sigh of relief: Sidney Crosby will not need surgery. Although the surgery was only expected to be arthroscopic, going under the knife is never a small feat. In any case, the Pens remain in the 12/1 range for 2014-15 Stanley Cup futures.
Although the surgery was only expected to be arthroscopic, going under the knife is never a small feat. In any case, the Pens remain in the 12/1 NHL odds range for 2014-15 Stanley Cup futures.
Surgery? Who Knew He Was Injured?
Sid the Kid’s “injury” came as a surprise to many when we heard about the news in the offseason. He played in 80 games in the regular season and all of the playoff games, so it’s not as if this was something obvious. After the season, General Manager Jim Rutherford spilled the beans that Crosby has been dealing with a wrist injury since some point in the middle of the season and it had affected him in the playoffs.
It makes you wonder if Crosby was in fact injured or if the team was just using the news as a way of protecting their superstar. After all, Crosby had 104 points in the regular season, which led all players. He disappeared in the playoffs, though, with just one goal in 13 playoff games and he took some heat for that. Not that a star of his caliber takes too much heat but stray bullets were flying everywhere after the Pens – yet again – fell short of playoff expectations and Crosby’s one goal didn’t help.
How Do You Bet This News?
If you’re a betting man, this probably scares you away from betting Pittsburgh. In the past, the Pens were one of the more popular offseason plays on the futures but right now, you’d have to be crazy to be taking them at 12/1. This is a team that’s been a disappointment in the playoffs over the last five years and they’ve endured a lot of change in the offseason. They’ve got a new general manager, a new head coach, lost Matt Niskanen, Brooks Orpik, James Neal and Jussi Jokinen in the offseason and now have some Crosby wrist issues to worry themselves with. Considering Crosby led the league in scoring, the injury is likely a smokescreen – if anything. And if it’s real, it clearly didn’t bother him too much in the regular seasly. In any case, when you take a look at the futures hockey pick, the Pens are in the same neighborhood as the St. Louis Blues and Los Angeles Kings. I’d much rather my money going there.
The saving grace for Pens – and those backing them with sports picks – is that they’re in the East, which is the easier of the two conferences. Even though the Pens are retooling, they’re probably a top-three or four team. The Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens are probably the two best teams but both lost key players as the Habs parted with captain Brian Gionta while the Bruins couldn’t afford to bring back 30-goal scorer Jarome Iginla. Even better news for the Pens is that their division doesn’t have those teams or Tampa Bay or Detroit. They’re a shoe-in to make the playoffs.
But as far as betting the Pens to win the Stanley Cup right now? No thank you. And we haven’t even talked about Marc-Andre Fleury’s postseason failures. This team might be among the favorites but they have a long way to go to actually win the Cup.