The Chicago Blackhawks are the defending Stanley Cup champions. Many hockey analysts are saying that it was a good thing that the Blackhawks won the Cup last season because they have had to blow up their team this year in order to stay under the cap. Some of the many departures include Andrew Ladd, Dustin Byfuglien, Ben Eager, Brent Sopel, Kris Versteeg, John Madden, Colin Fraser and Stanley Cup goaltender Antti Niemi. It may seem like a big loss, but in reality the main core of the team is still together and these third/fourth line guys can be replaced fairly easily. Niemi was the biggest loss, but Marty Turco should be able to fill that void and Corey Crawford had earned a shot at the starting job in Chicago. With a core group that includes Toews, Kane, Hossa, Sharp, Bolland, Keith, Seabrook, Campbell and Hjalmarsson it’s hard not to consider the Blackhawks favourites to repeat.
The Hawks were also able to add some key pieces to the puzzle in the offseason with additions include Stalberg, Pisani, John Scott and Turco. Up and comers such as Bryan Bickell and Jack Skille will have the opportunity to play this year and should be key players in helping the Blackhawks win. With Huet being loaned to a Swiss team the Hawks have freed up almost $6M in contract room which will provide a huge help in keeping them a contender this season.
As much as many fans and analysts think that the losses the Hawks have had will hurt them this season I just can’t see it. The Hawks should be the favourites to win the cup this season. They have the best defensive core in the league and their top two lines can also compete with any other top two lines in the entire NHL.
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Chicago Blackhawks Stanley Cup Betting Odds – October 5, 2010
The Blackhawks odds to repeat as Cup champs are currently listed at +900 at Sportsbook.com. These are the most favourable odds out of our recommended online sportsbooks. The +600 odds are second to only the Washington Capitals who are listed at +500. This means that a $100 wager on the Chicago Blackhawks at Sportsbook.com would win $900 for a total payout of $1000.
Chicago Blackhawks 2010/11 Stanley Cup Prediction
I think the Blackhawks have the best chance to win the Stanley Cup this year. Turco will be eager to make his first deep run into the playoffs and Corey Crawford is a strong enough goaltender to pick up the pieces of Turco loses his starting job. The core of the ‘Hawks is just too good and that is why I think a Stanley Cup wager on the ‘Hawks at +900 is good value. Place your Blackhawks Stanley Cup wager at Sportsbook.com now!
Written By: Niko de Jonge