NHL Roundup: 2023 Stanley Cup odds, Joel Farabee surgery, and more

The Colorado Avalanche came into this season with the best odds to win the Stanley Cup and delivered. They will have the same expectations again as the 2022-23 Stanley Cup odds have been released.

The Avs opened at +600 on BetMGM and closed with a +375 before the start of the playoffs. By the time they reached the Stanley Cup Final against the Tampa Bay Lightning, they were a -190.

“The Avalanche were preseason favorites to win the Stanley Cup and represented a significant liability for the sportsbook all season,” said BetMGM sports trader Christian Cipollini.

Heading into the NHL Draft (July 7-8) and Free Agency (July 13), the Avs are favored once again with a +450 at BetMGM, +400 at DraftKings and +450 at FanDuel.

Surprisingly, the the Toronto Maple Leafs are second on BetMGM at +850 despite being unable to win a playoffs series for several seasons. Tampa is third at +900.

2022-23 Stanley Cup Title Odds

Here is the full list of Stanley Cup odds via BetMGM:

  • Colorado Avalanche (+450)
  • Toronto Maple Leafs (+850)
  • Tampa Bay Lightning (+900)
  • Florida Panthers (+1000)
  • Carolina Hurricanes (+1200)
  • Vegas Golden Knights (+1400)
  • Edmonton Oilers (+1600)
  • Calgary Flames (+1800)
  • Minnesota Wild (+1800)
  • New York Rangers (+2000)
  • Pittsburgh Penguins (+2000)
  • St. Louis Blues (+2200)
  • Boston Bruins (+2500)
  • New York Islanders (+3000)
  • Washington Capitals (+3500)
  • Dallas Stars (+4000)
  • Los Angeles Kings (+4000)
  • Nashville Predators (+5000)
  • Detroit Red Wings (+5000)
  • Vancouver Canucks (+5000)
  • Philadelphia Flyers (+6600)
  • Winnipeg Jets (+6600)
  • Buffalo Sabres (+6600)
  • Anaheim Ducks (+8000)
  • New Jersey Devils (+8000)
  • Ottawa Senators (+8000)
  • Chicago Blackhawks (+10000)
  • Columbus Blue Jackets (+10000)
  • San Jose Sharks (+10000)
  • Seattle Kraken (+12500)
  • Montreal Canadiens (+15000)
  • Arizona Coyotes (+50000)

Joel Farabee neck surgery

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Nov 10, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Jack Campbell (36) holds onto the puck as Philadelphia Flyers left wing Joel Farabee (86) looks for a rebound during the third period at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Philadelphia Flyers forward Joel Farabee will miss the next three to four months after undergoing disk replacement surgery on his neck. He is now the third NHL player to have this procedure done.

Jack Eichel of the Vegas Golden Knights practically lost an entire season of hockey fighting the Buffalo Sabres to have this surgery done. It eventually led to him being traded. However, he has now paved the wave for professional hockey players to have this procedure done, which is said to have better longterm quality of life benefits.

Farabee, 22, registered 34 points in 63 games this past season. He also dealt with shoulder injuries.

“Shoulder feels good,” Farabee said at his end-of-the-season press conference April 30. “I think coming back the first time, it definitely wasn’t in great shape. Definitely tried to play through it a bit, but I think coming back from the second time, I felt a lot stronger. Ever since then, it’s been good.

“Obviously it gets a little sore with the schedule, playing back-to-backs and stuff like that, it can get a little sore. But at the end of the day, the strength was there and I felt pretty good the last few weeks of the season there.”

Farabee led the Flyers in 2020-21 with 20 goals and added 18 assists. He became the second-youngest player, following Hockey Hall of Famer Eric Lindros, to lead the franchise in goals for a season.

Farabee has 93 points (45 goals, 48 assists) in 170 career games since being selected by the Flyers with the 14th overall pick in the 2018 NHL Draft.

Canucks sign three players

On Monday, the Vancouver Canucks announced they have come to terms with defenseman Guillaume Brisebois, forwards Sheldon Dries and John Stevens to new two-way contracts. 

–Field Level Media contributed to this article