Maple Leafs Co-Favorites to Win Cup

Maple Leafs Sign John Tavares 7/5/18 Now 17/2 Favorites to Stanley Win Cup

After signing free agent John Tavares last week, the Toronto Maple Leafs are listed as co-favorites to win the 2018-19 Stanley Cup.

According to oddsmakers, the Maple Leafs and Tampa Bay Lightning are both 17/2, respectively, to win the 2018-19 Stanley Cup. The Bruins, Predators, Golden Knights, Capitals and Jets are all 10/1, respectively, to win next year's Stanley Cup, followed by the Penguins at 12/1. The odds drop off from there, as the Sharks are 20/1 and the Ducks, Blue Jackets, Oilers, Kings, Flyers and Blues are all 25/1, respectively.

Tavares noted that signing with the Maple Leafs was about living a childhood fantasy. He was born in Ontario and grew up a Leafs fan.

"To be from here, you start to get those emotions coming," Tavares said. "It just felt right. It’s what I wanted to do. I know it’s a bit of an uncomfortable thing for me to do, but I didn’t want that to hold me back from a great opportunity."

Toronto is certainly a team on the rise, led in part by the great young trio of Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner and William Nylander. After adding Tavares, this looks like a team ready to compete for a Stanley Cup. Below are the current Stanley Cup odds for every team.

Tampa Bay Lightning 17/2

Toronto Maple Leafs 17/2

Boston Bruins 10/1

Nashville Predators 10/1

Vegas Golden Knights 10/1

Washington Capitals 10/1

Winnipeg Jets 10/1

Pittsburgh Penguins 12/1

San Jose Sharks 20/1

Anaheim Ducks 25/1

Columbus Blue Jackets 25/1

Edmonton Oilers 25/1

Los Angeles Kings 25/1

Philadelphia Flyers 25/1

St Louis Blues 25/1

Chicago Blackhawks 28/1

Calgary Flames 30/1

Dallas Stars 30/1

Minnesota Wild 30/1

Colorado Avalanche 35/1

Florida Panthers 40/1

New Jersey Devils 40/1

New York Rangers 50/1

Carolina Hurricanes 65/1

Detroit Red Wings 65/1

Montreal Canadiens 65/1

New York Islanders 65/1

Vancouver Canucks 70/1

Arizona Coyotes 75/1

Buffalo Sabres 75/1

Ottawa Senators 100/1

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