Can the Penguins pull off a Stanley Cup three-peat? The Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas thinks so.
The betting agency has tabbed the Penguins to win the 2018 title with 8-1 odds, ESPN.com reported. If the Penguins are able to pull off the feat, they will be the first team in 34 years to win three Stanley Cup championships in a row.
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The Predators, who were beaten by the Penguins in the final series in six games, have 14-1 odds, but are still behind the Lightning, Capitals and Oilers (10-1 odds) followed by the Blackhawks (12-1 odds).
The NHL’s newest expansion team, the Las Vegas Golden Knights, come in last with a 200-1 chance of winning the Cup.
The Penguins are the first repeat Stanley Cup winner since the Red Wings won in 1997 and 1998. If Pittsburgh is able to win three in a row next season, it will be the first team to pull off the feat since the Islanders won four in a row from 1980-84.
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As one of the best under-30 UFA centers available, Bonino was going to get paid. But like any complementary player who departs his all-world teammates to take on a larger role, he’ll have questions to answer. Bonino was a strong playoff performer playing mostly bottom-six minutes for the Penguins. As presently constructed, the Predators likely will cast Bonino as their second-line center. He’s three years removed from his only 40-point season and will turn 33 by the time the deal expires, so that $4.1 million cap hit could become a thorn in David Poile’s side before long.
Selling low on Colin Wilson, who at 27 was younger than Bonino and about as productive, for a fourth-round draft pick, then using a third-rounder in 2019 to acquire Alexei Emelin, only added to a strange valuation of assets. If this is all part of Poile’s big-picture Matt Duchene plan, we reserve the right to alter this mark.