We’re in the middle of an arms race in the NHL’s Eastern Conference with the NHL trade deadline looming. The New Jersey Devils acquired Timo Meier from the Sharks, the Bruins traded for Dmitry Orlov, and the Maple Leafs swapped players for Ryan O’Reilly.
While almost every contender has made significant moves in order to prepare for a Stanley Cup run, it’s the New York Rangers who made the biggest splash of all, trading for Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks.
Despite the big move, the Rangers’ odds have remained steady. That’s surprising to those who considered Kane to be the biggest name on the market heading into the trade deadline.
Let’s take a look at the latest odds.
Ranger Stanley Cup odds
As you can see, the Rangers are still tied for fifth on the odds list at +1200. They are behind the Boston Bruins, Colorado Avalanche, Carolina Hurricanes, and Toronto Maple Leafs.
While the move for Kane will certainly help them on their upcoming postseason run, the lack of movement in the odds is likely due to the rest of the teams in the Eastern Conference also making significant acquisitions.
The Rangers are still in third place in the Metropolitan Division, and if the playoffs ended today, they’d be taking on the Devils in the first round with New Jersey having home ice advantage.
The Rangers are six points behind the Devils, but are seven points ahead of the New York Islanders for the third spot in the division.
The Eastern Conference playoffs are going to be one of the most exciting sets of postseason games in recent memory, and the Rangers are certainly in the thick of things.
If you think Kane will help them take the next step forward, I’d bet them now at +1200 while you still can.
Odds refresh periodically and are subject to change.