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Report: Lightning to talk to John Tavares during free-agent courting period

John Tavares (91) would be the top free agent on the market if he chooses that route. He could end up one of the league's highest-paid players. (DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times)
John Tavares (91) would be the top free agent on the market if he chooses that route. He could end up one of the league's highest-paid players. (DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times)
Published Jun. 24, 2018

Despite limited salary-cap room, the Lightning is among at least five teams expected to talk with Islanders All-Star center John Tavares, who can be a free agent July 1, when the courting period begins Sunday, ESPN reported.

Tavares also is expected to talk to the Sharks, Maple Leafs, Golden Knights and Stars, ESPN said.

Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman told ESPN that he could not talk about any free agents until after midnight Saturday but the team would have to make a move if it brought in any significant salary.