Stanley Cup odds and ends.

First some odds.

Less than 24 hours after the Chicago Blackhawks clinched the Stanley Cup on Wednesday, we received the 2011 Stanley Cup champion odds, courtesy of Bodog.com. Get ‘em while they’re hot:

Chicago
Blackhawks                  11/2

Pittsburgh
Penguins                  
6/1

Washington
Capitals                 
13/2

San
Jose
Sharks                       
9/1

Detroit
Red
Wings                     
12/1

Vancouver
Canucks                   15/1

Philadelphia
Flyers                    
15/1

Buffalo
Sabres                           18/1

Boston
Bruins                            
20/1

New
Jersey
Devils                      20/1

Ottawa
Senators                         22/1

Phoenix
Coyotes                      
  25/1

Calgary
Flames                        
  25/1

Los
Angeles
Kings                      25/1

Nashville
Predators                    
28/1

New
York
Rangers                      28/1

Montreal
Canadiens                   
30/1

Colorado
Avalanche                    30/1

Columbus
Blue
Jackets              40/1

Dallas
Stars                             
  40/1

Minnesota
Wild                          
40/1

Anaheim
Ducks                        
40/1

St.
Louis
Blues                         
  45/1

Florida
Panthers                       
  50/1

Atlanta
Thrashers                       50/1

Carolina
Hurricanes                    50/1

Tampa
Bay
Lightning                  60/1

Edmonton
Oilers                        
75/1

New
York
Islanders                     75/1

Toronto
Maple
Leafs                   75/1


Now some ends:

By defeating Philadelphia, Chicago denied Anaheim a conditional third-round selection in the 2010 Entry Draft that the Flyers would have sent the Ducks had they won the Cup.

The good news, as it relates to the Ducks’ draft? They’ll draft 29th, not 30th. Chicago gets the last pick in the first round, while Philadelphia cedes the second-to-last pick, which the Ducks acquired in the Chris Pronger trade.

There aren’t many Ducks connections on this Blackhawks squad. There’s Nick Boynton, who the Ducks waived at midseason and was snapped up by the ‘Hawks when their defense was depleted by injury. Boynton appeared in three Finals games and will have his name engraved on the Cup for the first time his 11-year NHL career.

Jassen Cullimore is a bit of a stretch, but you might recall the defenseman was in Anaheim briefly on a pro tryout contract during training camp. After he was released by the Ducks, Cullimore latched on with the Rockford IceHogs, Chicago’s AHL affiliate, and was called up to the “reserve squad” for the playoff run. He didn’t appear in a game and won’t have his name engraved, but hopefully got to taste some champagne in the locker room last night.

If you’re looking to mine the two Finals contenders for impending free agents, it’s not difficult. Including players who ended the season in the minors Chicago has 25, most notably center John Madden, forward Adam Burish, defenseman Kim Johnsson, goalie Antti Niemi and winger Andrew Ladd. Niemi and Ladd are restricted free agents, meaning that if the Blackhawks submit either player a qualifying offer, they’ll be able to match any offer sheet tendered by another team after July 1.

Philadelphia has 26 impending free agents. The big names are Michael Leighton, Arron Asham, Lukas Krajicek, Braydon Coburn, Daniel Carcillo, Ryan Parent and Darroll Powe. Coburn, Carcillo, Parent and Powe are RFAs.

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About J.P. Hoornstra

J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.

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