The Colorado Avalanche won the 2022 Stanley Cup Final defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning four games to two. It was an impressive season for the Avalanche, one in which they were the Stanley Cup favorites from start to finish, and they’ll be the favorites once again for the 2022-2023 NHL season. The season begins in mid-October and will conclude with the finals in June 2023, and many of the best teams spent the offseason tweaking their rosters with the hopes of unseating the Avalanche in the 2023 Stanley Cup Final.
The most impactful trade of the offseason was probably the deal between the Calgary Flames and Florida Panthers, as the Flames sent Matthew Tkachuk to Florida in exchange for Jonathan Huberdeau and Mackenzie Weegar. Huberdeau was an MVP candidate for much of the 2022 season and these were two of the NHL’s best teams, and the move leaves the Panthers as arguably the best team in the Eastern Conference heading into 2022-2023. The Flames still figure to be a very good team but they also notably lost forward Johnny Gaudreau, who surprised most of the hockey world by signing with the Columbus Blue Jackets.
The 2022-2023 season starts October 2022.
The Colorado Avalanche won the 2021-2022 Stanley Cup.
The Colorado Avalanche are favored to win the 2022-2023 Stanley Cup.