The Vancouver Canucks are one of the better teams in hockey and now that the NHL is back, oddsmakers have spoken. The 2013 Vancouver Canucks Stanley Cup Odds have the squad as one of the favorites to win the most prized piece of hardware in hockey.
According to sportsbook.ag, the Vancouver Canucks are listed at 10/1 odds to win the Stanley Cup. That's not the top odds on the list but it is one of the five best odds on any NHL team. There's no doubt that this team has some of the better talent in the NHL, but they've been coming up short in past seasons. The Canucks lost to the Boston Bruins a few years ago in the Finals and are looking to get back to that level this year.
A team that has Roberto Luongo as their goalie and are actively looking to move him might have some problems. Sure, Cory Schneider has played very well in spots for the Canucks, but Luongo is a great goalie. He has come up short in the playoffs before, but he's still a top-flight backstop.
Brothers Daniel Sedin and Henrik Sedin are two of the best players in hockey. Add to that firepower with Alex Burrows and Ryan Kesler to name a few, and you have a very good squad.
Vancouver won the Northwest Division going away last season, racking up 111 points and 51 wins. There's only going to be 48 games played this season, so 51 wins will obviously be hard to come by. But look for this squad to be very good this year. If they do move Luongo, expect them to get a high-profile player back in return. That could determine whether or not they can hoist Lord Stanley for the first time in team history.
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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