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Free agency talk heats up at draft weekend

Updated: June 27, 2010, 1:30 PM ET
By Pierre LeBrun

LOS ANGELES -- The focus of the hockey world was in Los Angeles this weekend, and it may yet again come on Thursday when the NHL's free-agent market opens.

Sources confirmed to ESPN.com yet again on Saturday that the Kings will make an offer to the prized jewel of a thin market, star winger Ilya Kovalchuk. They tried to acquire his rights this weekend from New Jersey, but were denied since the Devils remain interested in trying to re-sign the Russian star.

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