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Stanley Cup Odds: Opening Betting Line for 2019/20 Calgary Flames

by OddsShark (@OddsShark)

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.

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  • freethe flames

    First thing BT has to do is decide if he changes his strategy of his internal cap. If he is not prepared to change this the only way I see Tkachuk signing is a 3 year deal at $6.75m with @$15m upfront signing bonus. This takes him to the end of Johhny’s contract and to a time and place where he might have earned the “C” and then be paid more than Gio. The other element around the internal cap is the availability to pursue a “difference maker” UFA; there are few of them to begin with but expecting any of them to come to Calgary for these than $6.75 is highly unlikely. Then the other issue becomes the need to add cap space which requires him to move at least 2 of TJ, Frolik, Neal or Stone w/o taking salary back.

    • deantheraven

      I think the ‘strategy change’ will be reflected in the contract structure of Tkachuk’s deal. Somebody floated the idea of the first 2 years of the deal would be at par with the internal cap, which gets us to the end of Gio’s deal and maybe to the place where a) he takes the ‘C’ and b) he surpasses Johnny in terms of value to the team. The following years, let’s say years 2-6 (I can’t count higher, so if we’re going 8, I can’t predict), could represent the new internal cap, likely closer to $8 mil.
      You’re bang on for sure about salary moving out being the main issue and all 4 names will need to be off the books sooner rather than later if they’re going to afford Chucky and an upgrade at forward for next season.

  • Pete_R

    I believe (correct me if I’m mistaken), but the odds are influenced by a combination of predictions about the game results, as well as the volume of bets on a team that they receive? So on the surface some of those team rankings on oddshark seem a bit wonky, but I admit I don’t fully understand the algorithm.

    Which is a long way of saying I don’t agree with several of the rankings, however I do think the Flames are roughly where they should be.

  • Jim Red Deer

    I hate to say it, but, This team will never ever make it to the final four, without adding two players to the top six. And you do this through the draft, which means we are at least 6 years away from being a contender.