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Latest 2013 Stanley Cup odds: Penguins still favorites, Rangers move up

By Adam Gretz | Hockey writer
The latest Bovada odds still have the Penguins as Stanley Cup favorites for the 2012-13 season. (Getty Images)

Now that we're halfway through the offseason and many of the big free agent signings and trades have already taken place, the folks at Bovada have released their latest Stanley Cup odds for the 2012-13 season.

The original odds that came out back on June 12 can be found here.

The Pittsburgh Penguins remain at the top of the list with 8/1 odds, and are followed by the New York Rangers at 9/1, the Vancouver Canucks at 11/1 and the defending champion Los Angeles Kings at 12/1.

The complete 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

It's a little surprising to see the Penguins remain at the top with almost no change in their odds. Since the original odds came out in June Pittsburgh has lost Jordan Staal, Zbynek Michalek and Steve Sullivan from its roster and added only Brandon Sutter and Tanner Glass. They're still a major contender and one of the best teams in the league, but given their offseason to this point no change in their odds, and remaining the favorite in the league, is interesting.

The addition of Rick Nash in New York has moved the Rangers from a 12/1 favorite up to second on the list. On the other side of that trade Columbus went from 75/1 all the way down to 100/1.

Another team that saw a huge increase, naturally, is the Minnesota Wild. In June the Wild were tied for last in the NHL (along with the New York Islanders and Blue Jackets) at 75/1. Signing the top two players in free agency this summer, forward Zach Parise and defenseman Ryan Suter, has pushed them up to 18/1. Parise and Suter no doubt make them a better team, but they seem to be getting a little too much here.

And for a darkhorse? I still kind of like Carolina to make some noise after their moves this summer.

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