Friday February 5th, 2016

By Brian Rauf, Chat Sports

The NHL season is back in full swing after last week's All-Star break, and front offices around the league are beginning to kick things into high gear with just 24 days to go until the trade deadline.

Check out the latest NHL news and rumors below.

• Calgary Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman issued an apology to linesman Don Henderson, saying he did not intend to hit and injure him. Wideman hit Henderson from behind during a Jan. 27 game against the Nashville Predators and has been suspended for 20 games by the NHL. He is appealing the suspension.

• The Pittsburgh Penguins announced that forward Evgeni Malkin will miss the next two games with a lower body injury.

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• Dallas Stars forward Jason Spezza is out “more than a few days” with an upper body injury suffered in their win over the Colorado Avalanche, reports the Dallas Morning News' Mike Heika.

• Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price was back on the ice for a solo skate without his goalie equipment, but the team doesn't expect to have him back anytime soon, reports the Montreal Gazette's Stu Cowan. Price has been out since Nov. 25 with a lower-body injury.

• Detroit Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall won't be able to return until Feb. 14, reports the Detroit News' Ted Kulfan. Kronwall is recovering from knee surgery on Jan. 19.

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• The Boston Bruins announced they have activated goalie Jonas Gustavsson from injured reserve as he has been medically cleared to play. He spent a brief stint in the hospital last week with an elevated heart rate.

• Florida Panthers goalie Robert Luongo moved into seventh place on the NHL's all-time career wins list with their win over the Red Wings on Thursday. Luongo now has 424 career wins.

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