The NHL trade deadline has passed and now it's time to examine how moves may affect how we view future book odds. Expert Handicapper Dana Lane explains why all remains the same when the dust settled.
The March 1st, NHL Trade deadline has come and gone and now it's time to examine if any of these moves impacted teams enough to give them a futures book look where we didn't before.
Between teams not wanting to get rid of draft picks in hopes of using them to shield Las Vegas from their roster and a few general managers asking too much for their assets, it was a quiet trading period, because of that my feelings on who are legitimate cup contenders hasn't moved much.
To think you can still get the Boston Bruins at +2500 at BetOnline further tells me that very few of these odds makers are watching hockey and fewer know what they're watching. I've jumped all over the Bruins as a futures wager while the books refuse to make an adjustment. Boston added power forward Drew Stafford at deadline which only adds depth without tinkering with their core players. The Bruins are 34-25-6, four points ahead of Toronto for third in the Atlantic. Their potential 1st round opponent is a winnable match-up with Ottawa.
The Pittsburgh Penguins are right there with Boston with odds as high as +900 at WagerWeb. The Pens needed some blue line help so GM Jim Rutherford obtained veteran defensemen Mark Streit and minor league player Frank Corrado, while still holding on to his potent 1-2 punch in goaltending punch of Matt Murray and Marc-Andre Fleury. The Penguins are in a virtual tie with Columbus for second in the Atlantic which would be their 1st round opponent if the season ended today.
In the West, the Nashville Predators are available for a generous price of +2800 at WagerWeb. General Manager David Poile acquired P.A. Parenteau from the New Jersey Devils for a 6th round draft selection in this year's entry draft. Parenteau is a "rental" but he can give the Preds another veteran presence. As the standings are now the Preds would face the Wild in the first round of the playoffs.
Rounding out the top five are the Edmonton Oilers who are returning your investment at a rate of +2000 at most SBR approved sportsbooks. The newest Oiler is David Desharnais who added an assist in their victory over Detroit Saturday night (3/4). He's a good third line guy who will give them 15 minutes a night. Edmonton is slotted to have home-ice advantage in the first round against Anaheim as it stands today.
Rounding out my top 10 are the Columbus Blue Jackets at +100, New York Islanders +400, San Jose Sharks +1400, Chicago Blackhawks +700, and Minnesota Wild at +500 with at 5Dimes.
Notice I didn't mention the Washington Capitals, Montreal Canadiens, or the New York Rangers. First, I don't think the Canadiens have enough offense to win the cup and I need to see more grit from the Caps and Rangers plus there isn't any value in getting 3/1 from Washington.
In the end, the deadline did very little to change my opinion on any teams.