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Caps remain a 2011 Stanley Cup favorite

A year ago this month, I posted some futures odds for the 2010 Stanley Cup. The Caps were listed at 10-1, which made them third in the East, and tied for fourth overall, just ahead of the eventual champion Blackhawks (12-1).

When the playoffs started and the Caps were the President's Trophy winners, they were listed as Stanley Cup favorites at 7-2, just ahead of the eventual champion Blackhawks (9-2).

Bodog just sent out futures odds for the 2011 Stanley Cup. The Caps are listed third, behind only the Penguins and defending champion Blackhawks. The Caps' odds are better than they were last year at this time, but worse than they were in early April. Here's the top 10. The rest of the Southeast Division teams are all listed in the bottom third of 2011 odds.

1. Chicago Blackhawks 11-2
2. Pittsburgh Penguins 6-1
3. Washington Capitals 13-2
4. San Jose Sharks 9-1
5. Detroit Red Wings 12-1
6t. Vancouver Canucks 15-1
6t. Philadelphia Flyers 15-1
8. Buffalo Sabres 18-1
9t. Boston Bruins 20-1
9t. New Jersey Devils 20-1

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 10, 2010; 3:15 PM ET
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i dont give the hawks much of a chance to repeat. already at the cap for next year and now that toews gets $1.3M bonus for the conn smythe, they are most likely above the cap for next year with only 14 players signed. niemi is a free agent. nobody is going to take hossa, campbell or huet off their hands. so look for them to have to shed key pieces of the team in order to fit under the cap next year.

that said, they won the cup so it was worth it i suppose.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | June 10, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

John Madden would look really nice...

Posted by: pivo20 | June 10, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Agree that Chicago won't repeat due to their cap problems. Will be a lot of changes. Also, Pittsburgh has peaked and is on the way down.

Posted by: poguesmahone | June 10, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

doesnt really matter what the odds are in june

Posted by: heathdog1119 | June 10, 2010 7:46 PM | Report abuse

doesnt really matter what the odds are in june

Posted by: heathdog1119 | June 10, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse

If you think the Caps are able to pick up any Chicago pieces, doesn't giving Backstrom a bunch of money negate that? Who are the Caps going to get rid of?

Posted by: Randy_Hawkins | June 11, 2010 6:38 AM | Report abuse

"Also, Pittsburgh has peaked and is on the way down."

HAHAHAHAHA good one. Crosby, Malkin, Fleury, and the rest are totally past their prime. Face it, the Pens and Caps are going to be the top two teams in the east for a decade.

Enjoy the rivalry, it is good for hockey and the games between these two teams are the best in the NHL.

Posted by: AL2582 | June 11, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse

This is a serious question - what metrics did they use to believe Pittsburgh has a better chance than the Caps? The Caps beat them like a drum all year, had the best record, and they both choked and lost to the same inferior opponent in the playoffs. Is it that Pittsburgh has proven they can win it (albeit over a year ago) and the Caps still have something to prove? I am just curious how that conclusion came about.

Posted by: TheOtherGuyInSection117 | June 11, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

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