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2019 Offseason Update: Calgary Flames Stanley Cup Odds

by OddsShark (@OddsShark)

The Calgary Flames enjoyed a lot of success during the 2018-19 season, parlaying their first Pacific Division title into the top seed in the Western Conference playoffs. Unfortunately for the Flames, though, they fell victim to the Colorado Avalanche in five games in the first round after winning the series opener 4-0 behind solid goaltending from netminder Mike Smith.

And now oddsmakers at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com have the team listed at +1800 (wager $100 to win $1800) on the Stanley Cup odds for 2019-20, putting them squarely in the middle of the pack.

Four straight postseason losses by the 37-year-old Smith made him expendable, so the Flames essentially swapped him for Cam Talbot this offseason in hopes that he might fare better this year and lead them on a longer playoff run. They also should have 26-year-old goalie David Rittich back in the fold, and he had a better record (27-9-5), goals-against average (2.61) and save percentage (.911) than Smith last season.

Calgary would probably be best served making Rittich the favorite to win the starting job considering Talbot (11-17-3, 3.40) was nothing special with the Edmonton Oilers, who ended up trading him to the Philadelphia Flyers late last year anyway.

The Flames also return reigning Norris Trophy winner Mark Giordano, who produced a career-high 74 points (17 goals and 57 assists) at the age of 35. Giordano won the award for the first time over more highly-touted defensemen Brent Burns of the San Jose Sharks and Victor Hedman of the Tampa Bay Lightning, so how he plays this coming season may determine whether or not the team returns to form as well.

The biggest disappointment throughout the year was veteran winger James Neal, who had signed a five-year deal worth $28.75 million after leading the expansion Vegas Golden Knights to the Stanley Cup Final. Neal had just 19 points (seven goals and 12 assists) for Calgary following a 44-point season (25 goals and 19 assists) in Vegas.

If Neal can bounce back and produce more like the team’s solid young corps of scorers in Johnny Gaudreau (99 points), Sean Monahan (82), Elias Lindholm (78) and Matthew Tkachuk (77), then the Flames might compete for a second straight Pacific Division title to pay off on those NHL odds once again for futures bettors.

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  • Skeittari

    Well, sure as hell not gonna bet for them this time (Inverted psychology). Although, last season proved that any team can turn into a playoff hockey machine in January. Except the Oilers. A pile of turds will never turn into anything.

  • Albertabeef

    “Four straight postseason losses by the 37-year-old Smith made him expendable”
    Pike if you are pinning that playoff series loss on Smitty, you are insane!

  • freethe flames

    So if Oddsharks predictions are right: Vegas/SJ/Flames make the playoffs from the Pacific and Colorado/St L/ Nashville/Jets/Stars make it from the central. I guess there is no reason to play the games.

  • Off the wall

    How would you like to be the guy who won $100,000 on a $200 bet, that St Louis was going to win the Stanley Cup!

    I can’t even win a Tim Horton’s coffee, when they have ‘roll up the rim’…

  • Luter 1

    Don’t bet the farm based on Neal turning back into a 25 goal scorer, I would put $100 on him not scoring another 25 in the NHL as he collects his 28 million! Wow a million dollars per goal nowadays.

  • Garry T

    I as a Flames supporter for a very long time, was concerned with Neal performing poorly, the lack of current right wing support, goaltending and
    Finally our pipeline of players. So rather than feel the angst and develop frustration, I decided to look at the bigger picture.

    1. We are all right in goal with Rittich and Talbot in Calgary
    2. We really do have a pipeline of goaltenders now and predicated on the
    prospects camp, we have a number of guys with strong promise now.
    3. If we cannot trade Brodie then re-sign him this summer and mend the
    broken stock fences with him and move on. He can give us a good 3-5.
    years as a very serviceable defenceman. Not all is lost. We have a team
    Defence that can protract with some additions from internal holdings
    and the process of re- stocking our defence is in the works for the
    Immediate future. We are going to be OK.
    We have some issues at forward that can be partially addressed
    Internally with Dube, perhaps Gawdwin and do not forget the 2 forward
    and 1 signing of local guys principally to re-stock the forward depth. One
    Or more Stockton guys could surprise at camp. We still have time for a
    Trade or two.

    Looking at the future in terms of forwards between University guys, the European components, new signings, picks over the last three years and our
    Drafting, I think we are good.

    2019/20 is going to be a battle as teams in our division have really improved. But, if Neal is being serious in the off season, he might be a very welcome surprise this fall. If we could do a deal with Edmonton Czarnik for Puljjarvi, that could really help. Vegas and the Avalanche are cap heavy and we might be able to pry two or 3 guys from there that could help. If we could get Tkachuk to sign a bridge deal for a 3 mil signing bonus and $5.5 mil per year developing forwards to come up and enabling us to look at Rantenan from Denver this fall, we will be all right. We will scramble into the playoffs but I think we have a fighting chance. So I am now “ with the program “ and
    Patiently waiting to see what evolves.