Avalanche Favored to Win Stanley Cup
The Colorado Avalanche are the current betting favorites to win the 2021 Stanley Cup, according to DraftKings Sportsbook.
There is still plenty of uncertainty surrounding the upcoming NHL season, but it’s nice to see that the Avalanche are expected to be a title contender.
DraftKings Sportsbook lists the Colorado Avalanche at +800 to win the 2021 Stanley Cup, which is just slightly ahead of the defending Stanley Cup champions. The Tampa Bay Lightning are next on the list at +1000, and they are returning much of the same roster as well.
The Vegas Golden Knights are also listed at +1000 to win the Stanley Cup, and they should be a huge threat to the Avalanche in the Western Conference. Vegas advanced to the Stanley Cup Final in just its first season in the league.
Colorado advanced to the Western Conference semifinals in 2020 before falling to the Dallas Stars in seven games. The Avs were one of the favorites to win the Stanley Cup last season before another early playoff exit.
The Avs were the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference after going 2-1 in the round-robin tournament during the restart. Colorado returns its biggest stars to the ice in 2021, and it is poised to make a deep run.
The NHL has yet to announce some key details surrounding the upcoming season, and it is unclear when the season will even begin. The league is hopeful that fans will be allowed to attend games next season, but that’s also up in the air.
Flurry of Offseason Moves
The Avalanche are bringing back a majority of their core from a season ago, but there will be some fresh new faces as well. There were some areas that the Avalanche were looking to clean up, and the front office went out and made some big acquisitions.
One of the biggest moves that the front office made was acquiring forward Brandon Saad from the Chicago Blackhawks. This was a part of a four-player deal that saw Nikita Zadorov and Anton Lindholm dealt to Chicago.
Saad is a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Blackhawks and was an integral part of those title runs. Last season, Saad tallied 21 goals and 12 assists, but he brings toughness to him on the ice.
Forward Andre Burakovsky has agreed to re-sign with the Colorado Avalanche on a new two-year deal that will bring some stability on that side of the ice. Burakovsky won a Stanley Cup with the Washington Capitals in 2018 but was traded to the Avs in 2019.
Colorado also made a pair of other smaller deals that should provide plenty of depth as the team enters another season with plenty of uncertainty. The Avalanche have had a strong minor league hockey system, and that has allowed them to develop some current stars of the team.
Goaltender Hunter Miska was signed to a two-year contract extension after joining the team during the playoff run. Restricted free agent Tyson Jost was also signed to a deal earlier this offseason after scoring eight goals and having 15 assists last season.
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