Islanders are NHL's longest shot for Cup

With a relatively quiet day, I thought we'd start off with some league-wide links to get geared up for the Oct. 7 start to the season.

For the wise guys and gals among our readers, LoHud’s Rangers Report blog has posted the Stanley Cup odds for the 2010-11 season. The Devils come in at 15-1, while the Rangers sit at 40-1 and the Islanders at 100-1 – the longest odds in the NHL along with Columbus. A bunch more lines in there as well.

More to come on each of the area teams, but for now, savor these links.

Morning League-Wide Links

  • The first set of ESPN’s power rankings were released yesterday with the Devils leading the local teams (No. 6), followed by the Rangers (22) and Islanders (27). Insider also released its preseason player power rankings, which uses the GVT value metric of Puck Prospectus to determine who deserves the Hart Trophy for league MVP. The only local candidate on that list, Zach Parise, ranks sixth, just ahead of Steven Stamkos and behind Ryan Miller.

  • The NHL and the Officials’ Association have reached a tentative agreement to avoid a labor disruption.

  • The NHL and KHL have agreed to honor each other’s contracts, meaning teams won’t have to worry about players pulling an Alex Radulov and bolting for the KHL in the middle of their NHL deal. A lot of writers, including this one, thought this would be a necessary hurdle before the NHL agreed to let its players participate in the 2014 Winter Olympics is Sochi, Russia.