Marner contract sends clear message from Leafs management

We can and we will. A sentiment said by GM Kyle Dubas last summer with all three of the former top prospects thathave become high-performing NHL forwards, still unsigned to second contracts.
Those simply three words meant a lot to every single Leafs fan. Either as a challenge for those that question the General Manager’s ability to do just that, or as hope to have a young core that will be locked up for a long time, full of potential playoff runs.
It was a reason to take Dubas at his word and instill confidence into his capability to sign all three of Marner, Matthews, and Nylander.

Can the Toronto Maple Leafs keep Matthews, Marner and Nylander after signing Tavares?
Kyle Dubas: “We can, and we will.”
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— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) July 5, 2018

Throughout the NHL, GMs don’t generally give such a bold statement of certainty that they will be able to sign three high-calibre players. Especially in such a ravenous media market that would not stop talking about it if he ended up not being able to put pen to paper.
With tight-lipped organizations being the norm in this league, Dubas’ statement gave …

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Author: Thomas Williams / The Leafs Nation

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