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The Calgary Flames had more points than any other team in the Western Conference this past season, but they were still handily dispatched in five game by the Colorado Avalanche in the first round of the playoffs this spring. That has the Flames trailing the favourites on the opening odds to win the 2020 Stanley Cup at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
The Flames were second only to the Tampa Bay Lightning in the race for the Presidents’ Trophy this past season with a record of 50-25-7, putting them six points ahead of the San Jose Sharks in first place in the Pacific Division standings. Still, they put up little resistance against the lower-seeded Avalanche in their opening playoff matchup in the five-game loss.
And Calgary has now been set back at +1800 (wager $100 to win $1800) on the early 2020 Stanley Cup odds, behind nine other teams including division rivals San Jose (+1600) and the Vegas Golden Knights (+900). The Avalanche (+1200) also enter the offseason ahead of Calgary on those futures.
The Flames’ top piece of business this offseason will be a new contract for forward Matthew Tkachuk, who is set to become a restricted free agent. Tkachuk put up 34 goals and 77 points this past season, career highs in both categories in his third year in the league.
Calgary will also have to make some decisions in the crease this summer, with Mike Smith set to become an unrestricted free agent in July and David Rittich eligible to become a restricted free agent. Smith played 42 games for the team during the regular season with a 2.72 GAA and an .898 save percentage, while Rittich had better numbers at 2.61 and .911 in 45 games.
The Lightning are the opening favourites on the 2020 Stanley Cup odds at +800, with the Boston Bruins joining the Golden Knights at +900 on those NHL odds. The Toronto Maple Leafs sit at +1000, while the St. Louis Blues join the Avalanche at +1200 odds this summer.
Calgary’s rivals in Edmonton are farther down the early odds to win the 2020 Stanley Cup at +4000 after they put up just 79 points last season to finish well out of the playoff picture.