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Stanley Cup Futures Change After NHL Trade Deadline

Washington added four veteran players at yesterday’s NHL trade deadline and oddsmakers were impressed – or scared – by their efforts. The Capitals jumped to the top of the Stanley Cup future odds leaderboard after acquiring abrasive winger Scott Walker from Carolina, puck-moving defenceman Joe Corvo, big blueliner Milan Jurcina and Eric Belanger from Minnesota.

On the surface, it achieved precisely what the {URL=http://www.oddsshark.com/Stats/Team/Hockey/NHL/28}Capitals {/URL}needed to achieve – blueline depth and some veteran forwards who can play both ends of the ice. The Caps are now 15/4 odds at SportsBetting.ag just ahead of the defending champion Penguins at 4/1. The rivals boast the top two players in the game and Alex Ovechkin is hoping he can get the better of {URL=http://www.oddsshark.com/Stats/Team/Hockey/NHL/22}Sidney Crosby this time,{/URL} after losing in the playoffs last year and last week in the Olympics. Chicago did nothing, which was fine by the SPORTSBETTING.com oddsmakers who kept them at 15/4 and best Stanley Cup odds in the West. There was talk of a trade for Dwayne Roloson or Tomas Vokoun, but neither goalie deal fell into place.

The {URL=http://www.oddsshark.com/Stats/Team/Hockey/NHL/23}Sharks {/URL}also did nothing and they remained at 5/1 odds, second in the West. New Jersey made its big deal a few weeks ago, adding sniper Ilya Kovalchuk and did minor tinkering at the deadline. The Devils are the East’s third choice at 11/2. Philadelphia did nothing and their Cup futures spiked to 25/1. The Flyers needed to address their goalie situation where starter Ray Emery is done for the season and career backups Brian Boucher and Michael Leighton are sharing duties. Phoenix climbed the board a few notches with aggressive plays to add blueline and forward help, getting Lee Stempniak and Wojtek Wolski as well as Mathieu Schneider and Derek Morris. The Desert Dogs are 20/1, same as Ottawa and Los Angeles.

Check out all the updated Stanley Cup odds courtesy of SportsBetting.ag: Anaheim Ducks 40/1 Atlanta Thrashers 150/1 Boston Bruins 28/1 Buffalo Sabres 18/1 Calgary Flames 33/1 Carolina Hurricanes 250/1 Chicago Blackhawks 15/4 Colorado Avalanche 20/1 Columbus Blue Jackets 150/1 Dallas Stars 50/1 Detroit Red Wings 16/1 Edmonton Oilers 550/1 Florida Panthers 125/1 Los Angeles Kings 20/1 Minnesota Wild 80/1 Montreal Canadiens 50/1 Nashville Predators 40/1 New Jersey Devils 11/2 New York Islanders 100/1 New York Rangers 50/1 Ottawa Senators 20/1 Philadelphia Flyers 25/1 Phoenix Coyotes 20/1 Pittsburgh Penguins 4/1 San Jose Sharks 5/1 St Louis Blues 125/1 Tampa Bay Lightning 60/1 Toronto Maple Leafs 600/1 Vancouver Canucks 10/1 Washington Capitals 15/4