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Sharks’ Havlat injured again, out for Game 4 vs. LA

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After returning from a five-game absence to play in Game 3, Martin Havlat is back on the shelf again.

Havlat, who lasted just six shifts worth 4:52 of ice time before sustaining a lower-body injury, will be out of the San Jose lineup again on Tuesday when the Sharks take on the Kings in Game 4 at HP Pavilion.

“If you’re hurt and you can’t play, you can’t play,” Sharks head coach Todd McLellan said, explaining he didn’t know if Havlat aggravated the injury suffered during the opening game of the Vancouver series.

“We can be as frustrated as we want. It was hard because we had to juggle the lineup, but we talked about the difference between being injured and hurt. He’s injured.”

Havlat, 32, had eight goals and 10 assists in 40 games with the Sharks this year, averaging nearly 16 minutes per game.

The loss will be tough for the Sharks as they were already shorthanded up front. Raffi Torres is suspended for the remainder of the series and Adam Burish is out with a broken hand.

As a result, forward Tim Kennedy could re-enter the lineup after playing Game 2 but being scratched from Game 3.

Report: Jesper Fast out indefinitely after suffering shoulder injury

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 30:  Jesper Fast #19 of the New York Rangers skates against the Washington Capitals in Game One of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on April 30, 2015 in New York City.  Capitals defeated the Rangers 2-1.  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
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Some tough news if you’re a fan of the New York Rangers.

According to Larry Brooks of the New York Post, Jesper Fast will miss some time with what’s believed to be a separated shoulder.

Fast suffered the injury after being flattened by Alex Ovechkin in last night’s 4-1 loss to the Washington Capitals.

The 25-year-old has been a key contributor for New York this season. He’s up to five goals and 15 assists in 59 games. He’s also second in shorthanded ice time and in hits among all Rangers forwards.

The Rangers went into last night’s game without Mika Zibanejad and they also lost Chris Kreider momentarily yesterday, but he was able to return.

Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault is expected to provide an update on Fast’s status after today’s practice, but don’t expect the news to be good.

Canadiens acquire Dwight King for draft pick

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 27:  Dwight King #74 of the Los Angeles Kings celebrates his goal to take a 3-2 lead over the Colorado Avalanche during the second period at Staples Center on January 27, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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The Montreal Canadiens are keeping busy.

Just one day after acquiring Steve Ott from the Detroit Red Wings and Brendan Davidson from the Edmonton Oilers in separate deals, general manager Marc Bergevin completed another trade before the deadline when he acquired forward Dwight King from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for a conditional 2018 fourth-round draft pick.

It will become a third-round pick if he re-signs with the Canadiens this summer when he becomes an unrestricted free agent.

In 63 games this season King has eight goals and seven assists.

He also adds to the Canadiens’ apparent season-long attempt to become a grittier and tougher team, now joining a roster that now has seen Ott, Shea Weber, and Andrew Shaw join it over the past eight months.

For the Kings, it is a move that clears out a bit of salary cap space, perhaps opening the door for them to complete a deal with Colorado for Jarome Iginla, something that seems to be a work in progress on Wednesday.

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PHT’s 2017 Trade Deadline Tracker

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Here’s the full list of deals made prior to the Wednesday, March 1 3 p.m. EST trade deadline..

Mar. 1

To Montreal: F Dwight King
To Los Angeles: ’18 4th-round pick (link)

To Florida: F Thomas Vanek
To Detroit: ’17 3rd-round pick, D Dylan McIlrath (link)

To Colorado: G Joe Cannata
To Washington: D Cody Corbett (link)

To Colorado: F Brendan Ranford
To Arizona: F Joe Whitney (link)

Feb. 28

To Montreal: F Steve Ott
To Detroit: ’18 6th-round pick (link)

To San Jose: F Jannik Hansen
To Vancouver: F Nikolay Goldobin, ’17 conditional 4th-round pick (link)

To Edmonton: F David Desharnais
To Montreal: D Brandon Davidson (link)

To Chicago: D Johnny Oduya
To Dallas: F Mark McNeill, ’18 conditional 4th-round pick (link)

To New York Rangers: F Daniel Catenacci
To Buffalo: D Mat Bodie (link)

To Ottawa: F Viktor Stalberg
To Carolina: ’17 3rd-round pick (link)

To New York Rangers: D Brendan Smith
To Detroit: ’17 3rd-round pick, ’18 2nd-round pick (link)

Feb. 27

To Washington: D Kevin Shattenkirk, G Pheonix Copley
To St. Louis: F Zach Sanford, F Brad Malone, ’17 1st-round pick, ’19 conditional 2nd-round pick (link)

To Ottawa: F Alex Burrows
To Vancouver: F Jonathan Dahlen (link)

To Montreal: D Jordie Benn
To Dallas: D Greg Pateryn, ’17 4th-round pick (link)

To Toronto: F Brian Boyle
To Tampa Bay: F Byron Froese, ’17 2nd-round pick (link)

To Arizona: F Teemu Pulkkinen
To Minnesota: Future considerations (link)

Feb. 26

To Minnesota: F Martin Hanzal, F Ryan White, ’17 4th-round pick
To Arizona: ’17 1st-round pick, ’18 2nd-round pick, ’19 conditional 4th-round pick, F Grayson Downing (link)

To Los Angeles: G Ben Bishop, ’17 5th-round pick
To Tampa Bay: G Peter Budaj, D Erik Cernak, ’17 7th-round pick, ’17 conditional pick (link)

Feb. 24

To Anaheim: F Patrick Eaves
To Dallas: ’17 conditional 2nd-round pick (link)

Feb. 23

To Pittsburgh: D Ron Hainsey
To Carolina: F Danny Kristo, ’17 2nd-round pick (link)

Feb. 20

To Calgary: D Michael Stone
To Arizona: ’18 3rd-round pick, ’18 conditional 5th-round pick (link)

Feb. 18

To Toronto: F Sergey Kalinin
To New Jersey: D Viktor Loov (link)

Feb. 15

To Washington: D Tom Gilbert
To Los Angeles: ’17 conditional 5th-round pick (link)

Feb. 4

To Nashville: F Vernon Fiddler
To New Jersey: ’17 4th-round pick (link)

Trading Burrows and Hansen represents significant ‘shift’ for Canucks

Jannik Hansen, Henrik Sedin, Alex Burrows
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Ever since Jim Benning was named general manager in 2014, the Vancouver Canucks have been reluctant to embrace an aggressive rebuild.

But with the recent departures of Alex Burrows and Jannik Hansen, two of the few remaining holdovers from the good teams of the past, the winds have decidedly shifted for the club.

“I think that’s where we’re at as an organization,” said Benning, per The Province. “I think I’ve been patient with a lot of these players. They kind of went through and were part of those real good Canuck teams. Now, we need to shift our focus and get this next group of players up and going that we’re going to be competitive and win with.”

For trading Burrows and Hansen, the Canucks received a couple of talented prospects in forwards Jonathan Dahlen and Nikolay Goldobin. Those two will join a system that already included first-round picks Olli Juolevi, Brock Boeser and Jake Virtanen.

Vancouver, currently sitting 28th overall, is also in the running to draft a center like Nolan Patrick, Nico Hirschier, or Gabriel Vilardi. Combine one of those three with 21-year-old Bo Horvat and the Canucks could have a pretty promising one-two punch down the middle.

To be sure, Vancouver may still be three or four years from being competitive again. The Sedins, 36, are only signed through next season and can’t carry a first line anymore. The way things are trending, veteran d-men Alex Edler and/or Chris Tanev could be traded to further stock the rebuild.

So, there will be growing pains. And lots more losing.

But these last few days have been encouraging for all the fans in Vancouver who’ve been pleading for management (and ownership) to stop trying to make the playoffs and start being realistic.

The future for the Canucks is looking a little brighter today.

It’s pretty far away, but it’s brighter.