Darryl Sutter has put his decision on himself on the back burner.
Sutter, expected to relinquish his head coaching duties as early as this summer, said yesterday he hasn't had time to make that decision.
"There's the draft, there's dealing with the Group 2s (restricted free agents), then free agents. When that time comes, that time comes," he said.
"There's critical dates and deadlines more important than that.
"To me, it's four, five, sixth on the list."
Having held both the GM and head coaching duties for the last three years, Sutter has said he plans to eventually just be the GM.
He continues to say he'll make a decision early next month.
"As the general manager, I evaluate the coaches, too, including the head coach, big time," he said. "And if I think he's a really good head coach, then he'll still be a really good head coach.
"That goes for the staff, too. Our goal is very simple, to win a championship. We've taken great strides but, at the same time, there's one more step."
He admitted finding the GM role more taxing now than pre-lockout.
"Just because of the time lines, how long you have rights to players," he said. "The details of the salary cap aren't that hard because we have Mike Holditch (the vice president of hockey administration) and he is the best in the league, so that's not an issue."