Pens add Kessel, 12/1 to win Cup
PITTSBURGH, PA (The Spread) – After acquiring Phil Kessel from the Maple Leafs, the Penguins are now 12/1 to win the 2016 Stanley Cup according to oddsmakers.
Kessel was traded to Pittsburgh along with Tyler Biggs and Tim Erixon, as well as a second round pick in 2016. In exchange for that package, Toronto acquired Kasperi Kappanen, Scott Harrington, Nick Spaling and the Penguins first and third-round picks in 2016.
This was a blockbuster deal for the Pens, who can now slot Kessel in alongside either Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin. There were rumors that Kessel had become a bad egg in Toronto’s locker room but chances are he’ll be rejuvenated with a chance to win a Cup in Pittsburgh.
According to oddsmakers from online sports book GT Bets, the Penguins are 12/1 to win the 2016 Stanley Cup while the defending champion Blackhawks are 13/2 favorites. The Ducks, meanwhile, are 8/1 to win the Cup, while the Lightning is 9/1 and the Rangers are 12/1. The Kings and Wild are also 12/1.