2008 NHL Stanley Cup Future Odds Feb 19th, 2008
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Hockey Betting – NHL Approaches Trade Deadline
The National Hockey League’s trade deadline is coming up on February 26, and for NHL bettors that means some teams are about to get better – and others are about to get worse. Here’s a look at some of the clubs who could pack it in over the next week …
Los Angeles Kings (Cup odds: +25000)
The league’s worst team isn’t going anywhere this season – but with a young nucleus of scorers they could start to make some noise as soon as next year. Veteran defenseman Rob Blake is definitely available, and forward Ladislav Nagy and d-men Brad Stuart and Lubomir Visnovsky could likely be had as well. As well, if any team wanted to trade for goaltender Dan Cloutier the Kings would waste little time sending him to the airport.
Tampa Bay Lightning (Cup odds: +8000)
The East’s worst team has several star players that could be up for grabs – most notably defenseman Dan Boyle and forward Vaclav Prospal. There’s also a chance that forward Brad Richards could be moved, assuming another team can handle his huge contract. Vincent Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis are likely to stick around for next year.
Toronto Maple Leafs (Cup odds: +7500)
Mats Sundin has attracted great interest from around the league, but the Leafs will have to convince him to waive his no-trade clause before they can include him in a deal. Defensemen Tomas Kaberle and Bryan McCabe are available as well, and the Leafs would gladly move forwards Jason Blake and Darcy Tucker if they got a decent offer.
Edmonton Oilers (Cup odds: +10000)
The youthful Oilers aren’t likely to be a big player on deadline day, with forward Jarret Stoll and (rapidly declining) goaltender Dwayne Roloson their only notable trade chips.
Florida Panthers (Cup odds: +5000)
The Panthers are still in contention for top spot in the Southeast Division, so it’s uncertain whether or not they’ll entertain offers for star forward Olli Jokinen. Forwards Jozef Stumpel and Radek Dvorak, though, are both available no matter where they sit.
Chicago Blackhawks (Cup odds: +10000)
The Blackhawks have slipped back down the Western Conference standings and are extremely unlikely to make the playoffs. That has put Martin Havlat’s name on the trade wire, and underachieving forward Tuomo Ruutu’s days in Chicago could be numbered.
Columbus Blue Jackets (Cup odds: +6500)
The Blue Jackets are hanging around the West’s playoff chase, but a skid could end their hopes in a hurry. Forwards Sergei Fedorov, Michael Peca, and David Vyborny could all be offered up at the deadline, along with veteran defenseman Adam Foote.
St. Louis Blues (Cup odds: +7500)
St. Louis doesn’t look like they have enough to make the playoffs this season, so they could put defensemen Bryce Salvador and Jay McKee up for sale. Forward Martin Rucinsky would definitely be available, and they’ve traded Keith Tkachuk in the past.
Atlanta Thrashers (Cup odds: +4000)
The Thrashers have a solid shot at making the playoffs, but they still might be forced to deal scoring forward Marian Hossa rather than lose him as an unrestricted free agent.
Buffalo Sabres (Cup odds: +4000)
The Sabres have surged back up the Eastern Conference standings, but All-Star defenseman Brian Campbell could be dealt away if they can’t get him signed long-term.
New York Rangers (Cup odds: +1600)
Teams will come kicking Jaromir Jagr’s tires if the Rangers slip out of the conference’s Top 8. Forward Brendan Shanahan and d-man Michal Rozsival will draw interest as well.
New York Islanders (Cup odds: +5500)
The Islanders have fallen to the bottom of the Atlantic Division standings, which could put much of their veteran-laden lineup in play this week. That means Mike Comrie, Miroslav Satan, Bill Guerin, Ruslan Fedotenko, and Mike Sillinger should be discussed.
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