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Morning sports update: Islanders star center John Tavares is reportedly interested in meeting with the Bruins

Bruins general manager Don Sweeney didn't rule his team out of the running.

New York Islanders center John Tavares could be among the high-end players on the move in the coming weeks.

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Bruins are reportedly interested in pursuing Islanders star center John Tavares

Ilya Kovalchuk had trimmed his list of potential landing spots to five teams, including the Boston Bruins, before he decided to take his talents to the Los Angeles Kings. Now, the Bruins reportedly find themselves on another free agent’s short list: New York Islanders star center John Tavares.

The Athletic’s Arthur Staple reported Tavares plans to meet with Boston, as well as the Toronto Maple Leafs, San Jose Sharks, Dallas Stars, and Islanders (who can offer him one more year than the other teams in pursuit). Bruins general manager Don Sweeney didn’t rule his team out of the running.

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“We’ve had a discussion on that front,” Sweeney said. “I think that’s still a bit to be determined so I’m not going to comment on another player at this time, not able to.”

NHL free agency begins on July 1. Tavares scored 27 goals and added 47 assists for the Islanders last season, the fourth 30-goal campaign of his career. For Sweeney to make the salary cap math work with Tavares on board, he’d most likely have to deal David Krejci or David Backes.

This will be the center’s first time hitting unrestricted free agency after nine years in the NHL. Staple writes that the 27-year-old is “aiming far higher than $10 million per” year on the open market.

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