Online oddsmaker Bovada has released the odds on which forward will replace Canada’s Steve Stamkos at the Winter Olympics in Sochi — and it’s Stamkos’ running mate in Tampa Bay, Martin St. Louis, who tops the list.
St. Louis is listed at -400, followed by Carolina captain Eric Staal (+300), Philly captain Claude Giroux (+600) and Pittsburgh forward James Neal (+750). St. Louis represented Canada at the 2006 Winter Games in Turin and was on the team’s stand-by list in 2010.
The 38-year-old veteran has been on fire since first being omitted from the Canadian squad last month. St. Louis had eight goals and 15 points in 15 games during the month of January, highlighted by a four-goal performance against San Jose on Jan. 18.
Stamkos was ruled out of action yesterday after the Lightning’s medical staff declared his broken leg wasn’t fully healed. Hockey Canada has announced that Stamkos’ replacement will be named within the next 48 hours, and the team opens up the Olympic tournament on Feb. 13 with a game against Norway.