Take a look at the latest news and rumors around the NHL.

January 21, 2016

By Brian Rauf, Chat Sports

We’re almost at the midpoint of the NHL season as we approach the All-Star break, and the Stanley Cup contenders have started to separate themselves from the pack. The Washington Capitals are atop the Eastern Conference, while the Chicago Blackhawks, who are on a 12-game winning streak, lead the West.

Check out the latest NHL news and rumors below.

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Disagreement between Drouin, Lightning reaches point of no return

• The Tampa Bay Lightning announced that forward Jonathan Drouin has been suspended indefinitely without pay after failing to show up for an AHL game. Drouin requested a trade from the Lightning in early January.

• Forward Daniel Paille has signed with the New York Rangers, reports Ryan Kennedy of The Hockey News.

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• The Carolina Hurricanes announced that they have placed goalie Cam Ward on injured reserve with a concussion.

• Buffalo Sabres forward Sam Reinhart sustained an upper body injury in the team’s loss to the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday and will be re-evaluated on Thursday, reports John Vogl of The Buffalo News.

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• The Anaheim Ducks have sent goalie Anton Khudobin to the AHL with fellow goalie Frederik Andersen returning from an upper body injury, reports Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register.

• The Vancouver Canucks announced the signing of forward Mike Zalewski for the rest of the season and have recalled him from the team’s AHL affiliate.

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• Canucks TV analyst John Garrett blasted the NHL for “disrespectingHenrik Sedin and Daniel Sedin.

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