Those odds are improved slightly from odds given prior to the start of free agency July 1. In mid-June, the Sabres were given 25-to-1 odds to win the Cup, meaning the oddsmakers apparently approve of the Steve Ott trade. Indeed, the Dallas Stars, who acquired Derek Roy in the move, dropped to 50-to-1 odds from 40-to-1 in June.
The current odds mean a bettor placing money in the Sabres would win $22 for every $1 wagered if the Sabres claim the Cup. The Sabres are tied for 12th in the NHL with the Carolina Hurricanes. If that held to form, the Sabres would at least qualify for the playoffs, a step up from an early end to last season.
The Pittsburgh Penguins are the favorites with 8-to-1 odds. The Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings are fourth at 12-to-1, behind the New York Rangers (9-to-1) and Vancouver Canucks (11-to-1). Bringing up the rear are the Columbus Blue Jackets at 100-to-1.
The Rangers have moved up, thanks to the Rick Nash trade. In June, they were given 12-to-1 odds. The Minnesota Wild, meanwhile, saw their odds surge upward to 18-to-1 from 75-to-1, thanks to the signings of Ryan Suter and Zach Parise.
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