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Chicago Blackhawks the early favorite for 2016 Stanley Cup (Puck Daddy)

The Stanley Cup has been won by Chicago Blackhawks! And now … the countdown begins to next season with Stanley Cup odds for 2016 provided by Bovada.  What salary cap issues for the Hawks? As long as they have the core of Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Duncan Keith, Vegas thinks they’ll be solid and the early favorite for next season.  Look at how Vegas rates the Edmonton Oilers – higher than the Calgary Flames? Connor McDavid clearly has that impact. But Jack Eichel doesn’t on Buffalo – a team that Vegas believes will still look tankerific. Also, the Oilers have the same Cup odds as the Red Wings, who made the playoffs and took the Tampa Bay Lightning to seven games in the first round. We’ll call this ‘The Babcock Effect,’ which didn’t really play with Toronto, who is at 66-1 to win the Cup. Lastly, the Los Angeles Kings have better odds than four Western Conference teams that made the playoffs in 2015.  Chicago Blackhawks                             7/1 New York Rangers                                 8/1 Anaheim Ducks                                     10/1 St. Louis Blues                                      12/1 Tampa Bay Lightning                             12/1 Los Angeles Kings                                14/1 Minnesota Wild                                     14/1 Montreal Canadiens                               14/1 Pittsburgh Penguins                              14/1 Boston Bruins                                       16/1 Nashville Predators                               16/1 Washington Capitals                              18/1 New York Islanders                                22/1 Winnipeg Jets                                       25/1 Columbus Blue Jackets                         33/1 Detroit Red Wings                                 33/1 Edmonton Oilers                                   33/1 Calgary Flames                                     40/1       San Jose Sharks                                   40/1 Vancouver Canucks                               40/1 Ottawa Senators                                    50/1 Colorado Avalanche                              66/1 Dallas Stars                                         66/1 New Jersey Devils                                 66/1 Philadelphia Flyers                                66/1 Toronto Maple Leafs                             66/1 Florida Panthers                                    75/1 Buffalo Sabres                                      100/1 Carolina Hurricanes                                100/1 Arizona Coyotes                                    100/1 – – – – – – – Josh Cooper is an editor for Puck Daddy on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @joshuacooper MORE FROM YAHOO HOCKEY