NHL rumors: Latest buzz around trades, coach firings, signings

Take a look at the latest news and rumors around the NHL.
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By Brian Rauf, Chat Sports

The NHL kicked off the second half of the season on Tuesday after a week-long break around the All-Star Game. The Washington Capitals currently lead the Eastern Conference and the Chicago Blackhawks lead the Western.

Check out the latest NHL news and rumors below.

• The Los Angeles Kings have emerged as the most likely landing spot for Winnipeg Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien should the Jets choose to trade him, reports TSN.

• The Vancouver Canucks have waived forward Brandon Prust after he expressed displeasure with his role on the team last month, reports Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman.

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• Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov was awarded $126K in damages following a civil suit stemming from domestic abuse charges, reports the Denver Post’s Tom McGhee.

• Buffalo Sabres forward Sam Reinhart is expected to return to the lineup tonight, reports the Buffalo News. He has been on injured reserve with an upper body injury.

• The Capitals are now the betting favorite to win the Stanley Cup at 4:1 odds, reports Pro Hockey Talk.

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• Arizona Coyotes assistant general manager Darcy Regier is leaving the team for personal reasons, reports Pro Hockey Talk.

• The Toronto Maple Leafs unveiled a new logo for the 2016–17 season, the franchise’s 100th season.