With a new deal in place, the NHL will return in 2013. Currently the odds to win the 2013 Stanley Cup have the Pittsburgh Penguins listed as the odds-on favorites to hoist Lord Stanley.
The NHL and NHLPA agreed to a tentative, new deal to bring hockey back to its fans on Sunday morning. While nothing is official and hasn't been signed or ratified yet, the two groups have agreed to bring hockey back and all that is needed now is legal ramifications ironed out.
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr announced they had things agreed upon and moving in the right direction on a new collective bargaining agreement with the players and the owners. A verbal agreement is all that has been issues by the sides, however.
"We still have a lot of work to do," Bettman said Sunday morning, "but it's good to be at this point."
That's certainly good news for hockey fans and the players. Yet, how are people supposed to feel about the entire situation? It's the second time in 10 years that this has happened and let's not forget about the strike in 1992 or the lockout of the 1994-95 season. The two sides allegedly agreed to a 10-year peace treaty on Sunday morning, but at this point, are we really supposed to fall in love again with hockey? It certainly won't be easy.
Last year the Los Angeles Kings won the team's first Stanley Cup Trophy. This season they are figured to be in the mix yet again and according to sportsbook.ag, they are third on the list of teams to win the trophy this season. The Penguins are the favorites at 8/1 while teams like the New York Islanders and Columbus Blue Jackets are in the basement at 100/1 odds to win the Stanley Cup.
2013 Stanley Cup Finals Odds
Philadelphia Flyers +1500
Tampa Bay Lightning +2500
Nashville Predators +2500
Carolina Hurricanes +3000
Washington Capitals +3000
Toronto Maple Leafs +4000
New York Islanders +10000
Columbus Blue Jackets +10000
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