Updated Stanley Cup Odds Following 2013 NHL Trade Deadline
The NHL trade deadline came and went with a ton of fanfare. Many big deals were made, like Jarome Iginla to the Pittsburgh Penguins, Marian Gaborik to the Columbus Blue Jackets and Jaromir Jagr to the Boston Bruins.
Based on the moves various teams made at the deadline, who are the top contenders to win the Stanley Cup?
There are many teams still in a playoff hunt, but only a select few have a good chance at winning the Stanley Cup. With each team's roster set for the rest of the seasons, here are the top contenders for the Stanley Cup with updated odds in alphabetical order.
Trade details courtesy of NHL.com's Trade Tracker.
Key Acquisitions: Matthew Lombardi
The Anaheim Ducks did not make any major moves at the trade deadline, so their chances at winning the Stanley Cup remain status quo.
Anaheim added Matthew Lombardi and future considerations, but the roster otherwise remains the same. The biggest moves the Ducks made was the re-signing of Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry weeks before the deadline.
Overall, the Ducks added depth at center by adding Lombardi, and with their balanced roster they have a good shot at winning the Stanley Cup.
Key Acquisitions: Jaromir Jagr
The Boston Bruins' major addition at the deadline was future Hall of Fame winger Jaromir Jagr, and it is a move that will help boost the team's offense and power play.
However, the team lost Patrice Bergeron because of a concussion.
When you look at the loss of an elite two-way center like Bergeron, it really hurts the Bruins' overall roster.
The Bruins also added Wade Redden, but the loss of Bergeron definitely overshadows the additions made before the deadline.
Key Acquisitions: Michal Handzus
The Chicago Blackhawks did not make any major additions to their roster at the trade deadline, and the additions of a healthy Patrick Sharp and Marian Hossa will prove to be the best possible moves the team could have made.
The 'Hawks did add a top-nine center in Michal Handzus, and this is an underrated move that will help the team improve on faceoffs.
Overall the Blackhawks are one of the top contenders for the Cup, and they didn't need to add anything to their roster to improve their odds.
Los Angeles Kings
Key Acquisitions: Robyn Regehr
The Los Angeles Kings made some solid moves at the trade deadline that will help them prepare for the playoffs. The addition of Robyn Regehr was a brilliant move to reinforce a blue line that has taken a hit over the past few weeks.
Injuries to Willie Mitchell and Matt Greene left some holes on the blue line, but Regehr will bring some experience and will play some important minutes.
Given the way the team has played, they will be a Cup contender, but there are some deeper teams in the Western Conference that could get in their way.
Key Acquisitions: Jason Pominville
The Minnesota Wild made a nice move by adding Jason Pominville to their roster, and it will really complement a forward group already highlighted by Zach Parise and Mikko Koivu.
The Wild are having an amazing season, and it will be interesting to see how they match up against teams like the Anaheim Ducks or Chicago Blackhawks going forward.
Minnesota has a solid lineup up front, a blue line that has been led by Jonas Brodin and Ryan Suter and they have received solid goaltending from Niklas Backstrom.
The Wild will be a tough team to play against in the playoffs, and they could be a dark horse to win it all.
Key Acquisition: Michael Ryder
The Montreal Canadiens' roster has played well all season, and the major move the team made was before the deadline.
The addition of Michael Ryder in exchange for Erik Cole was a brilliant move by the Habs that should help them immensely during the playoffs.
Montreal's top players have been coming through all year long, and they should be considered a dark horse to at least make it to the Eastern Conference Finals.
New York Rangers
Key Acquisitions: Ryane Clowe, Derick Brassard, John Moore
The Rangers had a lot of hype, and they failed to live up to it early on in the season. At the deadline they made a huge shakeup, dealing Marian Gaborik in exchange for Brassard and Moore from Columbus.
Additionally the team added Clowe from San Jose, and each acquisition made a huge impact in their debut against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Maybe this was the shakeup the team needed, and given their roster, they have the potential to win it all.
Key Acquisitions: Jarome Iginla, Brenden Morrow, Douglas Murray, Jussi Jokinen
It is hard to think that a team that featured two of the league's best players could improve their roster at the trade deadline.
This is a lineup that already featured James Neal, Evgeni Malkin, Chris Kunitz and Kris Letang among others.
Overall, the pressure is on for the Penguins, and barring a major collapse they are the favorite to win the Stanley Cup.
San Jose Sharks
Key Acquisitions: Scott Hannan, Raffi Torres
The San Jose Sharks shipped out Ryane Clowe and Douglas Murray in separate trades, and Scott Hannan and Torres were added on deadline day.
The Sharks have been playing really good hockey lately, and the roster's top players are clicking.
Any roster with players like Joe Thornton, Joe Pavelski, Patrick Marleau, Martin Havlat and Brent Burns should have success in tough games.
Antti Niemi has been great in net, and the team has a good chance to win the Stanley Cup.
The only thing that could be standing in San Jose's way is two hot teams in the Anaheim Ducks and Chicago Blackhawks, but it should be interesting to see what happens in the playoffs.
Overall the potential is there, but the past failures in the playoffs are enough to make you hesitant to give San Jose a favorable set of odds to win the Stanley Cup.
Toronto Maple Leafs
Key Acquisitions: Ryan O'Byrne
The Toronto Maple Leafs are en route to making the playoffs for the first time since the 2004-05 lockout, and they have a pretty good roster heading into the postseason.
The Leafs have Joffrey Lupul, Nazem Kadri and Phil Kessel up front playing well offensively, and Dave Nonis added blueliner Ryan O'Byrne to add depth to the back end.
With James Reimer playing some great hockey in net, fans get the sense that the Leafs can go as far as he will take them.
Toronto is playing well, but they are going to need to prove themselves once the playoffs start.
Key Acquisitions: Derek Roy
The Vancouver Canucks are narrowly trailing the Minnesota Wild for the lead in the Northwest Division, and the team's acquisition of Derek Roy should help them bridge the gap.
The Canucks wanted to deal Roberto Luongo, but they couldn't get a deal done. Their roster as constructed has been pretty solid, and adding a No. 2 center in Roy should bolster the lineup.
The Washington Capitals have been playing tremendous hockey lately, and the addition of Martin Erat will add offensive depth.
With the vintage Alex Ovechkin back in the lineup, the Capitals will threaten to knock the Winnipeg Jets off the division lead in the Southeast.
The Rest of the Field
- Ottawa Senators
- Detroit Red Wings
- St. Louis Blues
- New York Islanders
- New Jersey Devils
- Nashville Predators
- Edmonton Oilers
- Columbus Blue Jackets
- Phoenix Coyotes
- Dallas Stars
- Carolina Hurricanes