That’s Odd, Vegas Has Devils 17th Most Likely To Win Cup In 2012-2013

June 9, 2012; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils players celebrate with goalie Martin Brodeur (second from left) after game five of the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals against the Los Angeles Kings at the Prudential Center. The Devils won 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Jim O

The 2012-2013 Stanley Cup odds have finally been released.  While no one expects the New Jersey Devils to be the favorites to win the Cup, they should be somewhere near the top, right?  Wrong.

The bookmakers over at Bovada.lv have the Devils checking in at 17th on the list, with 28/1 odds.  17th?!?  I realize Zach Parise is no longer with the team, but a little more respect should be shown here.

They’re behind the Tampa Bay Lightning (at 25/1).  Really?  Their big free agent signings were Matt Carle and Sami Salo; both solid defenseman.  Their starting goaltender, however, is Anders Lindback, who has made 28 career starts in the NHL.  All of this comes about for a team that was 18 points in back of the Devils last season and missed the playoffs.  Ok then…

They trail the Washington Capitals (also 25/1), a squad that barely snuck into the playoffs in early April.  They lost sniper Alexander Semin and have added little over the first month over free agency.  Yup, makes sense.

There are teams that I am totally fine with them being behind.  The Pittsburgh Penguins were the hottest team in the league over the last few months.  The New York Rangers were the top seed in the East and just added Rick Nash.  The Vancouver Canucks were the top team in the West.  The LA Kings just won the Cup.  Those are all OK in my book.

Nashville, Chicago, Detroit, St. Louis and Boston all finished around the same regular season point total as the Devils and have better odds.  No problem.

Even a team like the San Jose Sharks (20/1) being ahead of the Devils is fine, because they haven’t lost anyone important from their team and play in a tough Western Conference.

On the flip side, there are a lot of questionable teams above the Devils.  Flyers at 13/1?  They were manhandled by the Devils in the playoffs and lost Carle and Jaromir Jagr.  They made a rather fair trade in shipping out James van Riemsdyk for Luke Schenn.  They always end up near the top of these lists, though, because of their market.

Sabres are at 22/1?  They swapped Derek Roy for Steve Ott from the Stars as their headline offseason move.  They certainly have an up-and-coming team with young stars like Nathan Gerbe, Tyler Ennis and Patrick Kaleta to go along with goalie Ryan Miller.  It’s reasonable to have them check in among the best in the East, but higher than the Eastern Conference champs?  I don’t see it.

Include the Carolina Hurricanes as well, as they come in at 22/1.  They acquired Jordan Staal, but had to unload Brandon Sutter to get him.  They did win the Semin Sweepstakes, but that’s it!  The Devils finished 20 points ahead of them last season.  To make things even more confusing, Bovada has the Devils as slighty higher favorites to win the Eastern Conference than the Hurricanes (12/1 compared to 15/1).  You try and figure it out.

While in the end, this really doesn’t matter much, it’s something for us Devils fans to chat about now that the first month of free agency is in the books.  What say you Devils fans?  Who should the Devils NOT be behind?  Should NJ crack the Top 10?

Here’s the entire list:

Pittsburgh Penguins                   8/1

New York Rangers                     9/1

Vancouver Canucks                   11/1

Los Angeles Kings                     12/1

Philadelphia Flyers                     13/1

Chicago Blackhawks                  14/1

Detroit Red Wings                      15/1

Boston Bruins                            16/1

St. Louis Blues                          16/1

Minnesota Wild                          18/1

San Jose Sharks                       20/1

Buffalo Sabres                           22/1

Carolina Hurricanes                    22/1

Nashville Predators                    25/1

Tampa Bay Lightning                  25/1

Washington Capitals                  25/1

New Jersey Devils                 28/1

Edmonton Oilers                        30/1

Toronto Maple Leafs                   35/1

Florida Panthers                        40/1

Anaheim Ducks                         40/1

Colorado Avalanche                    40/1

Montreal Canadiens                   40/1

Ottawa Senators                        40/1

Phoenix Coyotes                       40/1

Calgary Flames                         50/1

Dallas Stars                              50/1

Winnipeg Jets                            50/1

New York Islanders                    75/1

Columbus Blue Jackets              100/1

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Topics: Alexander Semin, Anders Lindback, Boston Bruins, Brandon Sutter, Buffalo Sabres, Carolina Hurricanes, Chicago Blackhawks, Derek Roy, James Van Riemsdyk, Jaromir Jagr, Jordan Staal, LA Kings, Luke Schenn, Matt Carle, Nashville Predators, Nathan Gerbe, New Jersey Devils, New York Rangers, Patrick Kaleta, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Rick Nash, Ryan Miller, Sami Salo, San Jose Sharks, St. Louis Blues, Steve Ott, Tampa Bay Lightning, Tyler Ennis, Vancouver Canucks, Washington Capitals, Zach Parise

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