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Avalanche early favorite to win 2021 Stanley Cup



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The 2019-20 NHL season is finally over, and the Tampa Bay Lightning are your newly crowned champions. But if you think it’s too early to get your bets down for the 2021 Stanley Cup champ, you’d be wrong. Sites such as DraftKings already have their odds for next season’s champ already, and guess who is listed with the best odds to win? That’s right, the Avalanche.

The Avalanche is +800 to win the Stanley Cup next year (what that means is, if you bet $100 and the Avs win, you win your $100 back, plus $800). Tampa Bay and Vegas have the next-best odds, at +1000. At +325, the Avalanche is the favorite to win the Western Conference, with Vegas second at +350. St. Louis and Dallas are third and fourth, at +800 and +900.

I will go along with these odds right now, and agree that the Avalanche should be the favorite to win the Stanley Cup next year. But I do think there need to be a couple of changes in the off-season. I’m on record as saying I think they need to at least strongly consider a new No. 1 goalie, and there will be some good names on the open market soon. I also think they need another strong defenseman, with the good possibility that this was Nikita Zadorov’s final year with the Avs, Erik Johnson’s advancing age and injury concerns and uncertainty as to whether Bo Byram and/or Conor Timmins will be ready for a full NHL season next year.

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That’s why I don’t think it’s outlandish at all to speculate that the Avs will be among the bidders for potentially available D-men such as Alex Pietrangelo or Torey Krug.

It’s going to be an interesting off-season I think.

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Adrian Dater - Kiss and Larry Bird fan. Writer with @Gambling and @Bookies, Avs Insider with 104.3 The Fan. Denver Post, SI, Bleacher Report alum, author of seven books.

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Matt Briggle

I think it was The Athletic that did a funny piece about the different team’s excuses for losing in the playoffs. For the Avs they wrote, “We hired a guy to remind us all not to get hurt at the same time, then that guy got hurt.” If we can find someone solid in that position next season I think our odds are good.

Joseph Gauthier

As much as salivate at the idea of having T. Hall in an Avs jersey next year, I’d rather have 2 D-men or 1D and 1G, at or around $5M/year each.
That $10M for them, is easily better than the $8-9M we’d give Hall and the $4-ish, that Big Z will be looking for.

In a perfect world, we find a LHD 1st pairing to go with Makar and push Graves down to our 3rd pairing. Upgrade Francouz for a 1A, to work with Grubby.

THAT would be a Stanley Cup serious contender.

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