While there is a lot of optimism about Steve Yzerman’s refreshed Cheap Detroit Red Wings Jerseys squad, the odds for the team winning the Stanley Cup or even their own division are still nowhere near “good.”
Those of us paying close attention to this team the past five years know this isn’t how success will be measured for the Red Wings this season, but it’s worth noting for posterity’s sake:
The Red Wings are listed at +20000 (money line) odds to win the Stanley Cup in the 2020-21 season by BetOnline.ag. That means if you bet $100 on the Red Wings and they somehow won Lord Stanley’s Cup this season you would cash out $20,000. Good luck!
BetOnline also has the NHL division futures set — the Red Wings have the worst odds, out of any team, for winning their division: +2500. Detroit will be playing in the realigned Central Division (Carolina, Columbus, Dallas, Detroit, Chicago, Florida, Nashville, Tampa) for this pandemic-stricken season.
If you believe the odds, the Central Division promises to be grueling for the Wings. Tampa (+750), Carolina (+1800) and Dallas (+2000) all have some of the league’s better odds for winning the Stanley Cup.
Fear not, Red Wings fans
Go ahead and throw your money away, if you want. You decide if it’s worth it. (Psst: It’s probably not).
Meanwhile, let’s not worry about these odds. The Red Wings are in the thick of a complete overhaul. General Manager Yzerman made a bunch of moves over this prolonged offseason to help put this team in a more competitive position — last year was just the worst, for sure, and I ended up labeling it “historically bad.”
The hope this season is to see some of the younger players start to show their value while playing with more experienced, serviceable veterans. Yzerman added some key pieces to the offense, notably center Vladislav Namestnikov and right wing Bobby Ryan.
On defense, the Red Wings added Troy Stecher, Marc Staal and Jon Merrill. Right away the blue line group should be far more stable than this past season’s revolving door of rookies, aging veterans and AHL plugs (sorry, that’s what they are sometimes).
In goal, Detroit will have two veterans to choose from: Cheap Jonathan Bernier Jersey, who is entering the final year of his three-year contract with the team, and Thomas Greiss, who signed a two-year contract in October.
With the addition of a taxi squad this season, this is the perfect opportunity for a team like the Red Wings to give some new faces a go. NHL teams will be allowed to carry the extra squad of up to four to six players in addition to their normal 23-man roster. I imagine this will help the Red Wings rotate some players in and out of the lineup much more easily than having to shift them back and forth to their AHL affiliate in Grand Rapids.
Note: There are actually some teams facing cap challenges (Maple *cough* Leafs) who might carry less players on their roster and instead designate them on the taxi squad. That’s a completely separate story that does not affect Detroit, at all, but is super interesting to me.
The new-look Red Wings roster
Anyway, I digress. This is what the Detroit roster could look like if the team started playing tomorrow:
Line 1: LW Cheap Tyler Bertuzzi Jersey, C Cheap Dylan Larkin Jersey, RW Cheap Anthony Mantha Jersey
Line 2: LW Cheap Robby Fabbri Jersey, C Cheap Vladislav Namestnikov Jersey, RW Cheap Bobby Ryan Jersey
Line 3: LW Cheap Sam Gagner Jersey, C Cheap Valtteri Filppula Jersey, RW Filip Zadina
Line 4: LW Cheap Darren Helm Jersey, C Cheap Luke Glendening Jersey, RW Cheap Adam Erne Jersey
Cheap Thomas Greiss Jersey
Filip Larsson on the taxi squad (?) — teams are required to carry at least one goalie on the taxi squad
Keep in mind this could, and probably will, change quite a bit after training camp. They’ll have 36 players allowed at camp.
The 56-game season is set to start Jan. 13 with training camps getting underway at the end of December.