The Maple Leafs could have Paul Maurice installed as coach by this week -- or a big name could be a late entrant.
Today is the first business day since the Toronto Marlies were eliminated from the American Hockey League playoffs and an opportune time for general manager John Ferguson to confirm the widely held belief that Maurice will be promoted from farm team to parent team.
"We don't have a time line," a coy Ferguson said last night, "other than to say we'd like (to announce a decision on someone) sooner rather than later."
LOOKING AT RESUMES
Asked if dragging his feet on Maurice risks letting another NHL team woo him in the coming days, Ferguson indicated he will look at some resumes and perhaps make some calls, but is comfortable with the candidate right in his backyard. It might well be that Maurice has been told by the GM to lay low.
"Any conversations that I have had or will have with Paul will remain between us," Ferguson said.
The coming days could see more movement on the coaching front as teams eliminated in the first round of playoffs take stock. John Tortorella's Tampa Bay Lightning finished in eighth and won just one playoff game, while Tom Renney's New York Rangers lost their final nine games.