Kessel & Pens at 12/1 on Stanley Cup Odds

The Pittsburgh Penguins stole the show on the first day of this summer’s NHL free agent season, pulling the trigger on a blockbuster deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs and acquiring sniper Phil Kessel.

But the Penguins’ bold move has had limited impact on their Stanley Cup odds at online sportsbook Bodog, where they continue to trail the favourites with 12/1 odds.

The Chicago Blackhawks continue to lead the way,  perched at a lofty 6/1 in NHL futures betting to earn a fourth Stanley Cup title in seven years. Confidence in the Hawks remains high despite the club’s recent trade activity that saw rising star Brandon Saad dealt to the Columbus Blue Jackets and veteran Patrick Sharp traded to the Dallas Stars.

A trio of NHL powerhouses closely trail the Blackhawks on the Stanley Cup betting odds at Bodog, including the Anaheim Ducks, Los Angeles Kings and Tampa Bay Lightning, who are each listed at 10/1.

The youthful Lightning fell to Chicago in this year’s Stanley Cup final, while Los Angeles, the winner of two Cups in the past four seasons, will be seeking a return to postseason action in 2016 after failing to qualify for the playoffs this past spring.

The Kings have been retooling since the start of the offseason, acquiring power forward Milan Lucic from the Boston Bruins in a deal that included goaltender Martin Jones, and terminating the contract of veteran Mike Richards, who had spent much of the past season with the Kings’ farm club in Manchester.

The Penguins are joined at 12/1 by the New York Rangers, who will enter next season without future hall-of-famer Martin St. Louis, who recently announced his retirement.

The Minnesota Wild are deadlocked with the Nashville Predators and St. Louis Blues at 16/1 in Stanley Cup betting at Bodog, while the Washington Capitals sport attractive 18/1 odds.

The rapidly rebuilding Bruins sit alongside the Montreal Canadiens, who could be without scorer Max Pacioretty at the start of the upcoming season, at 20/1, while the Brooklyn-bound New York Islanders follow at 22/1.

The Blue Jackets and Stars both sit at 25/1 following their deals with Chicago, followed by the Detroit Red Wings and Winnipeg Jets at 28/1.

The Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers are each pegged at 33/1, followed by three teams at 40/1, including the Ottawa Senators, San Jose Sharks, and Vancouver Canucks.

The Colorado Avalanche and Florida Panthers sit at 66/1, just ahead of the Leafs, New Jersey Devils, and Philadelphia Flyers at 75/1, while the Arizona Coyotes, Buffalo Sabres and Carolina Hurricanes share longshot status at a distant 100/1.