The Tampa Bay Lightning have just begun celebrating winning the Stanley Cup for the second consecutive year, but it's not too early to look ahead to what could happen next spring.
As of Thursday afternoon, BetOnline.ag listed the Colorado Avalanche as the favorites at +500 to win the Stanley Cup in 2022. The Avalanche finished the 2020-21 season holding the NHL's best record and won the Presidents' Trophy but fell to the Vegas Golden Knights in the playoffs.
Like Colorado, Vegas ended the regular season on 82 points. The Golden Knights are second among favorites to hoist the Cup next spring at +600.
Think the Lightning are a true dynasty? You may want to jump at the opportunity to get the champs at +700 and run to the figurative betting window as quickly as possible.
Fans of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals may insist the championship windows for those clubs remain open. Both are at +2500 coming off the latest Stanley Cup Final. The New York Islanders made it to the semifinal round this time around and are good value at +2000.
The Montreal Canadiens fell to the Lightning in the Final and also opened at +2000.
Those supporting the Seattle Kraken can take a flier on the expansion side at +10000. That may seem like a waste of money at first, but remember that it was only five years ago when Leicester City won the Premier League as a 5000-to-1 underdog: