Bruins still at odds with another Stanley Cup title

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Bruins still at odds with another Stanley Cup title

The Bruins didnt change the composition of their roster much aside from the bizarre departure of goalie Tim Thomas, and their chances of winning the Stanley Cup havent changed all that much according to the odds-makers in Las Vegas.

Per the good people at Bovada (www.Bovada.lv) the Pittsburgh Penguins hold the best 8-to-1 odds of winning the Stanley Cup next season despite no major upgrades on their roster aside from the expected good health of Sidney Crosby. The New York Rangers are just behind with 9-to-1 odds after trading a few non-essential players and parts in exchange for Rick Nash after falling in the Eastern Conference Finals last season.

The Philadelphia Flyers are 14-to-1 as the next East team most likely to win the Stanley Cup, and the Boston Bruins still sit as the fourth-most favorite team in the East with 16-to-1 odds to capture their second Stanley Cup in the last three years.

The Bs and Flyers both sat with 14-to-1 odds of winning the Cup at the beginning of June, and the Tim Thomas exodus is the most logical reason for Bostons odds of winning it all dropping ever so slightly. Its interesting to note how little change theres been among the Eastern teams from June to August as most of the best available free agentstrade pieces have moved to Western Conference teams aside from Nash moving to Madison Square Garden.

Also of interest on the other end of things the Columbus Blue Jackets have gone from 75-to-1 odds to win the Stanley Cup to an NHL-worst 100-to-1 odds after dealing away their franchise player in Nash.

Here are the odds team-by-team with no adjustments made for a potential work stoppage thats creeping up on the league if theres not a CBA in place by the Sept. 15 deadline:

Pittsburgh Penguins 81

New York Rangers 91

Vancouver Canucks 111

Los Angeles Kings 121

Philadelphia Flyers 131

Chicago Blackhawks 141

Detroit Red Wings 151

Boston Bruins 161

St. Louis Blues 161

Minnesota Wild 181

San Jose Sharks 201

Buffalo Sabres 221

Carolina Hurricanes 221

Nashville Predators 251

Tampa Bay Lightning 251

Washington Capitals 251

New Jersey Devils 281

Edmonton Oilers 301

Toronto Maple Leafs 351

Florida Panthers 401

Anaheim Ducks 401

Colorado Avalanche 401

Montreal Canadiens 401

Ottawa Senators 401

Phoenix Coyotes 401

Calgary Flames 501

Dallas Stars 501

Winnipeg Jets 501

New York Islanders 751

Columbus Blue Jackets 1001

Bruins don't extend qualifying offer to Joe Morrow

Bruins don't extend qualifying offer to Joe Morrow

With free agency just around the corner, the Bruins have officially cut ties with former first-round pick and last bastion of the Tyler Seguin trade, Joe Morrow.

The 24-year-old Edmonton native arrived in Boston along with Loui Eriksson, Reilly Smith and Matt Fraser in exchange for Seguin when he was shipped to Dallas, and now all of those players have moved on from Boston as well. Boston does still carry Jimmy Hayes on their roster, a player traded from Florida in exchange for Smith, as a last remnant of the Seguin deal, but it isn't expected to be too long before Hayes moves on from Boston as well.  

The B’s announced on Monday afternoon that they hadn’t extended a qualifying offer to Morrow, as well as P-Bruins power forward Colton Hargrove, as a restricted free agent, and that both B’s youngsters were now free to sign with any of the 30 NHL teams as free agents.

The Bruins extended qualifying offers to restricted free agents in Noel Acciari, Linus Arnesson, Austin Czarnik, Zane McIntyre, David Pastrnak, Tim Schaller, Ryan Spooner and Malcolm Subban, and will retain the associated team rights with all of those players. Negotiations are ongoing between the Bruins and Pastrnak continue over a long term deal that would put him in the same $6 million plus per season level as teammate Brad Marchand, but one source with knowledge of the negotiations indicated it’s “not close” to being a done deal.

Some RFA’s like Spooner and Subban might not necessarily fit into the long term plan for the Black and Gold, but they need to maintain their rights if they hope to trade them as valued assets down the line.

Morrow never put together the talent that made him a former first-round pick while he was in Boston, and totaled just one assist in 17 games for the B’s before playing well in five playoff games after getting pushed into duty due to injuries. In all Morrow finished with two goals and nine points along with a minus-8 rating in 65 games over three seasons in Boston, but could never string together an extended run of consistent play at the NHL level.

With the Bruins in the market to bring on another left-shot defenseman into the Boston fold this summer, it was pretty clear that the time had come to move on from Morrow while allowing him to potentially develop as an NHL D-man elsewhere.