NHL Realignment Plans Far From Resolved
Well, it looks like the Covid-19 pandemic hasn’t finished wreaking havoc on the NHL landscape. After what was thought to be a concrete plan to re-align the NHL’s divisions to prevent cross-border travel, reports are now surfacing that an all Canadian Division may no longer be feasible.
Frank Seravalli reported that all seven Canadian NHL teams were notified that they might be required to relocate south of the border to play the upcoming season.
The problem impacting Canadian teams is that each Provincial health authority has the final say on what is allowable. That means that if the Provinces have restrictions in place that prevent sports activities and can’t come to some sort of agreement to allow these teams to travel between Provinces and play each other, games can’t be played in Canada.
Six of the seven Canadian teams are currently priced between +1500 to +3300 on the Stanley Cup futures board at FanDuel Sportsbook — with the Ottawa Senators the outlier at +10000.
Having to relocate on short notice, potentially without loved ones, and into a new arena with fewer amenities would almost certainly impact a team’s ability to compete. This means that the Stanley Cup being awarded to a Canadian team drought, dating back to 1993, might be extended.
Stay tuned prior to pulling the trigger on any futures bet, particularly if you had your sights set on a Canadian team.