Blues' Cup odds continue to drop
LAS VEGAS, NV (The Spread) - Despite racking up 109 points last season, the Blues' 2016 Stanley Cup odds continue to drop.
According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Blues' Stanley Cup odds opened at 12/1 but over the last month their odds dropped to 14/1 before settling in at 16/1 over the past week. The reason for the drop isn't clear.
Back in May the Blues decided to bring back coach Ken Hitchcock on a one-year deal. The team also traded T.J. Oshie to the Capitals earlier this month in exchange for Troy Brouwer, goaltender Pheonix Copley and a third-round pick. In their biggest move of the offseason, the Blues also re-signed star Vladimir Tarasenko to an eight-year contract worth $60 million.
But after signing Tarasenko to an extension, the Blues are now to their salary ceiling, which means more moves are unlikely for a club that continues to underperform in the playoffs. The roster is still chockfull of talent but it'll be up to Hitchcock to tweak his coaching philosophy so that players will buy in during the postseason. Another first-round exit and significant changes are sure to be made next year, although Blues fans had similar thoughts heading into last year, too.