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Free-agent Tavares to talk to 5 teams

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DALLAS (AP) Ilya Kovalchuk signed with the Kings in his return to the NHL, the Hurricanes and Flames pulled off a five-player trade, and John Tavares will now explore different possibilities for his future.

After a dull first round of the draft, action picked up Saturday as teams laid the groundwork for more moves.

The biggest is Tavares, who will begin talking to other teams Sunday when the free agent negotiating period opens. The New York Islanders' face of the franchise will reportedly meet with the Toronto Maple Leafs, San Jose Sharks and three other teams in the upcoming days in Los Angeles before he can sign a contract July 1.

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