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July 4, 2010 4:15 pm

On Day 4…

Just to let everyone know, the exact questions I have put to Lombardi are in regards to whether he has made his final offer to Kovalchuk and whether he’s done with the situation completely. Because, as we’ve talked about here before, the entire GM/agent thing at this time of year is essentially a high-stakes hand of poker. Hold your cards, ante up and see how far the other guy will go. I do know that the Kings made their latest offer early Friday night, although I don’t know the terms, or how it might have coincided with the similarly-timed news that the Islanders had put themselves in the race. I’ll update as possible, but it’s fair to say that entering the fifth day of the free-agency period, the Kings will have neither a top-six forward nor a top-four defenseman, their two clear targets heading into the summer.

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