Frozen Assets: You Can Be A Trade Deadline Winner

Posted by Ari in Frozen Assets on March 10, 2009 — No Comments

The trade deadline resulted in some teams making big moves, other teams quietly improving their team, and the Leafs trying even harder to tank their season. How has the trade deadline affected odds on teams to win the Stanley Cup?  Here are 5 teams whose odds were affected by the trade deadline:

Calgary (39-22-6, 84 points, 3rd in West)

Price: +1400 (Carib)

Calgary made the biggest move on trade deadline day, landing Olli Jokinen. They also picked up a solid puck-moving defenseman in Jordan Leopold. When healthy, the Flames have excellent depth offensively, but are currently without Rene Bourque, and Todd Bertuzzi. These injuries are depriving the Flames of the secondary scoring that has contributed to their offensive success this season. . After the Jokinen trade odds on Calgary dropped, but until the Flames are healthy, bettors should take a cautious approach with the Flames.

Carolina (36-27-5, 77 points, 8th in East)

Price: +6600 (Ladbrokes)

The Hurricanes are 7-3-0 in their last 10 and have scored 20 goals in their last three games. The addition of Erik Cole was a good move for the Canes, as Cole has six points in his last two games. It’s not because of the addition of Erik Cole, but the ‘Canes have been playing well lately and may be worth a look.

Edmonton (32-27-7, 71 points, 7th in West)

Price: +6600 (Centebet)

Edmonton was a winner at the trade deadline, adding potential top six forwards Patrick O’Sullivan and Ales Kotalik. These deals were done at the end of the day, and as a result did not get as much attention as some of the other deals. Edmonton is better offensively for it, and the odds on them remain unchanged. They are a team to watch over the next few weeks.

Florida (34-24-89 77 points, 7th in East)

Price: +5000 (Canbet)

Sometimes the best move at the trade deadline is to do nothing. The Panthers were unable to deal Jay Bouwmeester and will keep their over-achieving squad intact. Florida has been playing very well after a slow start to the season. Oddsmakers did not adjust Florida’s odds on deadline day, and as a result the Panthers continue to have value for bettors.

Toronto (27-28-13, 67 points, 11th in East)

Price: +60000 (Stan James)

If you were thinking that Toronto’s recent winning streak might provide futures bettors with value, think again. The Leafs re-affirmed their commitment to tanking this season at the trade deadline. They dealt Nik Antropov and Dominic Moore for draft picks and picked up Martin Gerber to be their starting goaltender. Betting on Toronto should be avoided at all costs.