Jun 13, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; NHL commissioner Gary Bettman presents the Stanley Cup to the Los Angeles Kings after game five of the 2014 Stanley Cup Final against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Toronto Maple Leafs: Bookmakers Set 2014-15 Season Odds

With the NHL’s free agency period all wrapped up and training camp set to open in just over a month’s time, most bookmakers have updated their odds for both the 2014-15 Stanley Cup Champion, as well as the Conference Champions.

As it currently stands, most sports books have the Chicago Blackhawks, Los Angeles Kings and the Boston Bruins penciled in as the odds-on-favourites to win the Stanley Cup with their odds fluctuating anywhere from the 7-to-1 to 9-to-1 range.

Although the usual suspects sit atop the board as the heavy chalk, our hometown Toronto Maple Leafs check in with the unfavourable odds of 40-to-1 at the LVH Super Book (now known as the Westgate Sports Super Book).

While those odds do present great value for Leafs backers, they also reflect what bookmakers think of the Toronto Maple Leafs upcoming season.

At 40-to-1, the Maple Leafs are tied for 16th in the NHL in terms of their chances of hoisting Lord Stanley. Additionally, the Leafs check in as the 8th or 9th best team in the Eastern Conference according to the odds makers at the LVH with 18-to-1 odds of winning the Eastern Conference.

The Maple Leafs less than favourable chances according to Vegas are sure to draw the ire of Leafs Nation. But based off of the last three years, this is nothing new when it comes to pre-season Toronto Maple Leafs odds. In 2012, the team was a 50-to-1 underdog to win the Stanley Cup. The team was a 35-to-1 underdog in 2013 and a 25-to-1 underdog in 2014.

May 13, 2013; Boston, MA USA; Toronto Maple Leafs goalie James Reimer (34) lays on the ice after a goal by Boston Bruins right wing Nathan Horton (not pictured) during the third period in game seven of the first round of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

So, really, 40-to-1 is not that far of a stretch when you assess the Stanley Cup odds for their last three seasons. While Vegas may see the Leafs as a substantial underdog – much to the chagrin of Leafs fans – most offshore books have the Leafs as a consensus 45-to-1 underdog! Even lower than what the bookmakers out west have them at!

With the season still two months away, these lines will see some movement, but not much. As for the Maple Leafs, hey, if you think the Blue and White have a shot this year, taking them at 40-to-1 odds could make this a very memorable season for you if they pull it off!

Below is a collection of the Toronto Maple Leafs current futures odds for the 2014-15 season.

Sports Book:
Eastern Conference Champion Odds:
Stanley Cup Champion Odds:
LVH Super Book18-to-140-to-1
William Hill20-to-133-to-1
Bet 365N/A33-to-1
5 DimesN/A51-to-1

While we wait for sports books to release more props, what do you think of the Maple Leafs current future odds? Are the bookmakers wrong about the Maple Leafs this year? Or is their assessment spot on? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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