Pacific Division Odds to Win
(The Spread) - With training camps ready to kick off around the NHL, let's take a look at the latest odds to win the 2014 Pacific Division.
According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Kings are 8/5 favorites to win the Pacific Division in 2014. The Canucks have the next-best odds at 3/1 while the Sharks are 9/2 and the Kings and Oilers are 11/2, respectively. The Coyotes, meanwhile, are 16/1 and the Flames have the longest odds at 30/1.
The Kings were rather quiet in free agency, although they did sign winger Kyle Clifford to a two-year, $2.5 million contract. He was a restricted free agent this summer after he scored seven goals and 14 points in 48 games in 2012. Captain Dustin Brown, who suffered a torn PCL in his left knee during Game 6 of the second round of the NHL playoffs last season, also received a clean bill of health and is ready to hit the ice when training camp opens next week.
The Canucks either lost or parted with several members of the 2012 squad, including Mason Raymond, Maxim Lapierre, Derek Roy, Keith Ballard, Cam Barker and goaltender Cory Schneider. They also hired combustible head coach John Tortorella and added Brad Richardson and Yanick Weber.
The Sharks, meanwhile, added Tyler Kennedy and Thomas Greiss while parting with Scott Gomez and TJ Galiardi. The continued emergence of Logan Couture, Joe Pavelski and Brent Burns as Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau and Dan Boyle pass the torch will be something to watch for this season in San Jose.