Bruins odds to win the Stanley Cup in 2012-13

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Bruins odds to win the Stanley Cup in 2012-13

The Bruins clearly like their chances with the players that won the Cup last year, and are sticking with vast majority of their Cup-winning nucleus aside from the Conn Smythe goalie that made off to Colorado.

But the odds-makers in Las Vegas arent quite to sure. According to the gambling site Bovada (www.Bovada.lv) the Bruins have only the ninth-most favorable odds to win the Stanley Cup next season. The Boston Bruins and the Philadelphia Flyers both sit at 14-to-1 shots to win the Cup next season after both teams bowed in the first couple rounds of this years playoffs.

The odds on favorite according to Bovada: the Pittsburgh Penguins are 7-to-1 favorites after getting bounced by the Flyers in the first round of this years playoffs in a bloody, hate-filled battle. The Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings sit second at 11-to-1 odds to go back-to-back next season, and the Blues, Canucks, Blackhawks, Red Wings and Rangers all rank as more likely to hoist the Cup than the Bruins.

Amazingly the New Jersey Devils sit just above the Toronto Maple Leafs with 30-to-1 odds of winning the Cup next season, but then again Zach Parise is not expected to return to Newark next season for a team that seemed to be the right one in the right place this postseason.

Here are the full odds provided by Brovada:

Pittsburgh Penguins 71
Los Angeles Kings 111
St. Louis Blues 121
Vancouver Canucks 121
Chicago Blackhawks 121
Detroit Red Wings 121
New York Rangers 121
Philadelphia Flyers 141
Boston Bruins 141
Nashville Predators 181
San Jose Sharks 221
Tampa Bay Lighting 251
Washington Capitals 251
Anaheim Ducks 251
Buffalo Sabres 251
New Jersey Devils 301
Toronto Maple Leafs 351
Florida Panthers 351
Colorado Avalanche 401
Dallas Stars 401
Ottawa Senators 401
Phoenix Coyotes 401
Winnipeg Jets 401
Calgary Flames 501
Carolina Hurricanes 501
Edmonton Oilers 601
Montreal Canadiens 601
Columbus Blue Jackets 751
Minnesota Wild 751
New York Islanders 751

Morning Skate: Do Caps have mental block come playoff time?

Morning Skate: Do Caps have mental block come playoff time?

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while thinking about and praying for the people of Manchester, England. It’s obviously an evil, cowardly act to bomb any public place, but to do it at a concert filled with women and children is the lowest of the low.

*The Capitals players are acknowledging that there’s some kind of mental block with the Stanley Cup playoffs. CSN Mid-Atlantic has all the details.

*It’s been a very odd postseason for the NHL where there are so many non-traditional teams still alive with the Nashville Predators in the Stanley Cup Fina, and the Ottawa Senators fighting for their lives in the Eastern Conference Final. On that note, there is a ton of disappointment at the empty seats at the Canadian Tire Centre for Ottawa’s home games in the playoffs. It sounds like there are going to be empty seats tonight for a do-or-die Game 6 in Ottawa. That is an embarrassment for a Canadian city that’s supposed to pride itself on their love of hockey. Let’s hope the Senators fans have a last-minute surge to buy tickets and show some appreciation for a Senators team that’s given the Ottawa fans a totally unexpected ride through the postseason this spring. I mean, Erik Karlsson at the top of his game is worth the price of admission all by himself.  

*The Pittsburgh Penguins have the Senators on the ropes, and it’s been an impressive showing given that they’re doing it without Kris Letang.

*Pro Hockey Talk has the ownership for the St. Louis Blues giving their GM Doug Armstrong a vote of confidence.

*Another early exit from the playoffs is going to start making some players expendable on the New York Rangers roster.

*Here’s a good piece on how David Poile built the Nashville Predators, who have reached the Stanley Cup Final for the first time. Give credit where it’s due: He manned up and made a big move dealing away Shea Weber straight up for PK Subban. It’s really worked for Music City as they’ve stepped to the next level.

*Speaking of Nashville’s rise this spring in a wide open Western Conference, Pekka Rinne has silenced the critics he might have had by carrying his team to the Cup Final.

*For something completely different: Boston law enforcement is on high alert after the bombing of the Ariana Grande concert in the UK.

 

Haggerty: Reports of Seidenberg's demise were greatly exaggerated

Haggerty: Reports of Seidenberg's demise were greatly exaggerated

Hindsight is always 20/20, of course, but it appears the Bruins made a mistake buying out veteran defenseman Dennis Seidenberg from the final couple of years of his contract. 

Seidenberg just finished up a wildly successful stint with host Team Germany at the IIHF World Championships, where he was named Directorate Best Defenseman (the tournament’s best defenseman) after leading all D-men with a goal and eight points. This came after Seidenberg, at age 35, posted 5 goals and 22 points in 73 games for the Islanders, with whom he signed after being cut loose by the B's, while averaging a shade under 20 minutes per game.  Seidenberg also had an excellent World Cup of Hockey tournament for Team Europe last summer (where he was teamed once again with Zdeno Chara), thus managing to play at a high level from September all the way through May.

A faction of Bruins fans thought he was on the serious decline after the 2015-16 season and, clearly, the Bruins agreed, opting to buy him out with two more years still left on a sizable contract extension. (They owe him $2.16 million next season and then will be charged $1.16 million on their salary cap over the next two seasons.) But the B's could have used a durable, defensive warrior like Seidenberg in the playoffs, when they lost three of their top four defensemen against the Ottawa Senators. A rejuvenated Seidenberg, able to play both the left and right side, would have been a better option than Colin Miller.

The Bruins made a conscious decision to hand things over to younger defensemen like Miller, Torey Krug, Brandon Carlo and Joe Morrow in cutting ties with Seidenberg. But they also perhaps miscalculated how much Seidenberg still had left in the tank after his best season in at least three years. 

“Well, at the time we felt like [Seidenberg's] game had really dropped off to where we thought he couldn’t contribute, and we wanted to see if some younger players could come in and help us out,” Bruins president Cam Neely said at the end-of-the-season press conference earlier this month. “I’ve got to say he played well this year for Long Island. But at the time we thought it was the right move. You can’t envision us having three of our top four D’s get hurt [in the playoffs]. We went through a lot of D’s in the postseason. You can’t predict that.”

Neely is referring to the decision made after Seidenberg’s second straight minus season in Boston, when back injuries and a major knee injury had seemed to slow him down a bit. It seemed the only way to properly evaluate some of their other, younger defenseman was to cut Seidenberg loose, but one has to wonder if the Bruins would have possibly done it had they known he was still capable of playing like he did this season for the Islanders. 

Either way, the buyout of Seidenberg is an extremely legitimate second guess of Bruins management in a year where they did a lot of things right.