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from Mike Zeisberger of NHL.com,

In a wide-ranging interview with NHL.com at the Scouting Combine, Dubas discussed the possibility of opponents making an offer sheet to Marner and others if he remains unsigned, his relationship with coach Mike Babcock, and the success of the Bruins, who have ousted Toronto in the first round in two straight seasons.

To what extent is getting Marner signed the priority right now? Any progress to that end?

"It's a big story. The reality is, Mitch is a great player. We've been very clear how we feel about him as a player and a person. He's been a great Maple Leaf. He should be a Maple Leaf his whole career. I think Mitch and Darren have both stated that at times. We're going to keep working with Darren to move this along and progress it ahead and come to an agreement which will make Mitch feel like he's compensated at the level he's deserved and us with a way to navigate our way ahead. I think if we're all willing to work towards it we'll get there. That's what we have the time for here."

There is speculation Marner might speak with other teams if he isn't signed by the end of the NHL Draft (on June 22). What's your take?

"I don't know if that's ever happened with a restricted free agent. So I would be surprised. And I've never been led to believe that's the preferred destination or outcome. We'll see."

You are perceived in some circles as a new-world thinker; Mike as an old-school coach. How do you view that comparison?

"Different styles, different ways of operating … if you have everyone wanting to do things the same way, if you all go off a cliff, you're going off a cliff together. When you have people that think differently, you prevent that. You add different things from one another, you learn from one another. Both of us are open from learning from one another. Yes, we have different ways of operating. We have different beliefs within the game, but there also is some real synergy there as well. Trying to find the best way to move our team forward is the key, and I think that is the objective of everyone in the organization. It's all good."

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