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

February 03, 2016

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.

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