There were many significant transactions made during the NHL Trade Deadline, particularly in the Eastern Conference.
Timo Meier was acquired by the New Jersey Devils, Ryan O’Reilly was dealt to the Toronto Maple Leafs, Dmitry Orlov and Tyler Bertuzzi were acquired by the Boston Bruins, and Patrick Kane was purchased by the New York Rangers.
There were definitely other transactions done before to the trade deadline, but it’s obvious that the NHL had an arms race, particularly in the East.
As the dust has settled, let’s look at the most recent Stanley Cup odds.
Lack of odds movement despite large amount of trades
Despite the large amount of trades that went on leading up to the Trade Deadline, the betting odds to win the Stanley Cup remained relatively stable.
That can likely be attributed to the fact almost every contender added at least one or two pieces at the deadline. With every team stacking up on weapons, it leaves the odds at a stand still heading into the final stretch of the season.
Bruins still Stanley Cup favorites
It should come as a surprise to no one that the Bruins are still the betting favorites to win the Stanley Cup. Not only do they have the best record in the NHL, but they traded for more weapons and depth both at forward and defense.
With Linus Ullmark, the likely Vezina Trophy winner in net, the sky is the limit for the Bruins.
They’re also heavy favorites to win the Presidents Trophy for the leagues best regular season record.