So, the NHLPA and NHL have decided on Friday, 5pm, EST as the extended deadline. Rumors and reports are rampant around the web. The NY Post has the most interesting of them, claiming that the NHL has given the NHLPA an ultimatum. This wouldn’t completely surprise me considering Donald Fehr just took the helm. Bettman is testing the new guard and its resolve. Each day, the Kovalchuk situation is becoming less about the present contract and more about leverage going into future negotiations.

Regardless, I am certain of this. It is September 1. Training camp, Frozen Fury and the 2010-2011 L.A. Kings’ hockey season are days and weeks away.

I am entering the don’t give a rat’s behind about Kovalchuk phase of all this.

I can see the sheet of ice.

I want to take a deep breath and savor every face off, pass, shot, hit and goal to come.

Give me 18,000 of my brothers and sisters within Staples with one cause.

High fives between Surly and I.

Our fellow Kings’ fans, our readers, our kindred blood in puck.

Show me Kopitar’s wicked wrist shot for a goal, Brown steam rolling an opposing forward, Simmonds making his case for the Selke, Smyth and Handzus planting their behinds in front of the goalie, Doughty the King of defenseman, Jack Johnson coming into his own, Greene and Scuderi have a warrior in kind beside them in Mitchell, Quick stopping pucks, Bernier taking the first strides toward stardom. The Kings winning…a lot.

It’s time to move forward.

What do you say boys?

Are you ready?