The Toronto Maple Leafs and general manager Kyle Dubas took care of their last piece of in house negotiations recently. 

Dubas signed defenseman Travis Dermott to a one year deal worth $874k.

Dermott will once again add some much needed depth to the blueline and he's just happy the negotiations are over with because it was pretty tense for him. 

“You don’t like being on your toes, or at least I don’t. I like to keep everything certain. I knew I wanted to stay in Toronto. My options were obviously limited,” Dermott explained over Zoom.

It’s been a little bit of a nerve-racking experience, and I have been talking with my agent, and he knew that I kind of wanted to get it done pretty quickly. So, we were able to do that, and it’s looking good now.”

The Leafs have brought in a bunch of blueliners and combined with the youngsters, Dermott will have some competition but he's ready. 

“It’s exciting. I mean, I always like a competition,” Dermott said. “It’s gonna get guys to push each other and really force guys to be their best version of themselves and be really prepared in time for camp.”

Are you happy to have Dermott back?

Source: Sportsnet