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Leafs GM Dubas learning on the fly with high-stakes negotiations

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15.09.2019

SPORTSCENTRE Reporter

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The Maple Leafs held practices at the Paradise Double Ice Complex in Paradise, NL on Saturday. Afterwards, GM Kyle Dubas and Mitch Marner held a joint media availability to address the winger's new contract.

The following is a transcript:

DUBAS: "I would like to thank Mitch, his family, his representation the work that they put in in the last number of days to have this matter come to a close in the way we wanted it to from the very beginning, which was with Mitch committed to our team for an extended period of time. Now we can get back to business here and get back to work while we are here in training camp with no distractions and nothing hovering above the team. We can all just be at our best as we get rolling through the year."

Q: What took so long?

DUBAS: "So long? We missed one day of camp. You're a little more antsy than me. These things take time (laughs) and we’re just happy to be here. We've missed no games and that’s really the objective. We had a situation last year that did take long and we're thrilled to be here. Obviously he wanted to be here and we got it done."

Q: Mitch, on that front, did you kind of look at Willie and give yourself your own little deadline, that you didn't want to go through what Willie did and maybe speed things up?

MARNER: "Me and Kyle were talking before and I expressed to him that I didn’t want to miss training camp, I didn't want to miss games and that goes back to I think the middle of last year and from this process on and the last 48 hours or so we kind of just sat in a room talked to each other and made sure I wasn’t going to miss too much of training camp and that I was going to be ready to play the first game. And, like Kyle said, it's great to be over with and we're happy to be here."

Q: How does it feel?

MARNER: "Great. I'm excited to be part of this team. Obviously, seeing this roster and everything that happened in the summertime, it looks like a great team and hopefully I can contribute to that and help out."

Q: Kyle, you've got the core of this team together for the better part of the next decade, what does that mean to you?

DUBAS: "To our whole organization it means a lot. It was one of the things we looked at when we were going through the decisions you have to make with different players. I understand........

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