Which Signings Will Affect Your Bet on NHL Futures?Posted by: Anthony Yaylor
With the NHL free agency coming to an end soon, it’s time for sportsbook users and those who bet on NHL games to analyze and rank NHL teams offseason activities. With that in mind let’s begin with the clear winners.
The Arizona Coyotes may not be favored to win the Stanley Cup next season, currently pegged at +8050 odds, but that didn’t stop them from exploiting this free agency season. While firing general manager Don Maloney in the middle of rebuilding might have been questionable, the Coyotes have been answering peoples’ doubts with some solid acquisitions. Arizona was able to sign UFA winger Jamie McGinn for a low-cost deal, this move should add at least 20 goals to the Coyotes offense this season. They’ve also secured defenseman Jamie McBain and center Ryan White for the next season, signing both to a one-year deal. They’ve patched up the biggest hole in their team (defense) with their free agency signing and by drafting Jakob Chychrun. Now the only thing left to do is secure Captain Shane Doan, who is an unrestricted free agent, for another couple years and they will have earned themselves a solid grade this offseason. Those who bet on NHL games should keep an eye on the Coyotes to see what John Chayka, the youngest general manager in the league, can do for Arizona.
The Calgary Flames have stabilized their goaltending by bringing along Brian Elliot. On offense they’ve helped add some explosiveness by signing Troy Brower to play alongside Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan. The Flames are looking to score more goals next season and they’re ensuring that by trading for forward Alex Chiasson and drafting Matthew Tkachuk with their 6th pick in the draft. If their able to re-sign their free agent forwards then the Flames should be one of the top scoring teams in the league next season.
The Edmonton Oilers have made it their mission to drill up talent this off season and they succeeded by signing two veterans this offseason. The Oilers have secured forward Milan Lucic, one of the better wingmen available this free agency, for the next seven years. They also signed defenseman Jonas Gustavsson to a one-year deal. On top of that Houston traded Taylor Hall for defenseman Adam Larsson and in doing so changed their weakness from defense to left-wing. Lucic should be able to address that issue effortlessly.
Eric Staal was considered high risk heading into this years’ free agency, but that didn’t stop the Minnesota Wild from taking a gamble. This will be the Wild’s first season under the guidance of Bruce Broudreau. They’ve also signed defenseman Victor Bartley and Alex Stalock both to one-year deals. Minnesota has been willing to commit more to offense by signing forwards Staal and Chris Stewart to longer deals.