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July 2, 2010 8:03 pm

Long weekend?

Like a golf tournament or NASCAR race in inclement weather, it wouldn’t be surprising to see this Kovalchuk/Kings situation get pushed to Monday. It’s definitely safe to say that the No. 1 “scenario” for the Kings is still signing Ilya Kovalchuk, but the Devils and — now, according to various reports — the Islanders are still in the mix. (One thought: Kovalchuk turned down $101 million from the Thrashers, but the…Islanders…are considered an option?) To the extent that Simon Gagne is an option for the Kings, it’s probably only as a secondary option. After two days, this whole thing is as much up in the air as ever, and it still doesn’t answer the other, and perhaps even more relevant question: are the Kings going to be able to acquire a defenseman? Anyway, I’m not going anywhere this weekend, so we’ll see if anything pops up (other than a ton of breathless speculation, of course!)

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