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News will be slow while the team is away but there are still a few headlines here in Pens Points.

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It’s another four days before we will see the Penguins in action back on the ice, but that doesn’t mean news surrounding the team has completely died off. All-Star weekend wrap ups and a look forward to what the second half of the season will bring are the hot topics at the moment. Could we see a trade in the near future? Read on to find out the latest.

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Trade talk has already started to swirl around the Penguins and when players return from the bye week things could really start to heat up. Jim Rutherford is not one to sit on his laurels and it looks like he’s ready to deal. [Pensburgh]

With the All-Star last weekend, the PHWA released the voting results for their midseason awards. Missing large chunks of games will prevent most Penguins players from competing for awards, but their head coach could bring home some hardware. [Pensburgh]

Between Alex Letang stealing the show and Tristan Jarry coming into his own, it was quite the All-Star weekend for the Penguins involved. Overall it was a solid showing for the NHL, with memories made that will last a lifetime. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

When the season began, betting odds for Tristan Jarry to make the All-Star Game were likely non-existent. Even so, Jarry earned his way to St. Louis and soaked in as much of the experience as possible. [Penguins]

News and notes from around the NHL...

Don’t look now, but the Tampa Bay Lightning are on a roll and look like the team everyone expected them to be when the season began. Since the start of December, they have the second best record in the league and are back in the hunt. [Yahoo! Sports]

As Tampa rejoins the list of Stanley Cup favorites, they are accompanied by a host of other teams that could hoist the trophy in June. Entering the second half, the Capitals, Penguins, Blues and others are all favorites. [NBC Sports]