Deal or no deal?

TERRY KOSHAN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:31 AM ET

Another day went by yesterday without an announcement from the Maple Leafs regarding their probable next coach, Paul Maurice, but not much necessarily should be read into that.

"We have to remember that Paul was just finished on Friday night with the Marlies, and John (general manager Ferguson) didn't talk to him while the Marlies were playing," a Leafs source said. "The time that's elapsing is no big deal."

Though it is expected Ferguson would get the green light from the Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment Ltd. board to hire Maurice, there would be nothing from stopping the board from asking Ferguson to interview other candidates.

An decision on Maurice could come at any time, perhaps as early as by the end of the week.

RASK CONTEMPLATING

The agent for Finnish goalie Tuukka Rask said there's no easy answer as to whether his client should sign with the Leafs before next season.

Rask would get the lion's share of playing time for Ilves Tampere in the Finnish Elite League next season, but might have to compete with Justin Pogge for action with the Marlies if he came to a contract agreement.

"(Ferguson) and I last talked a couple of weeks ago and we'll see what shakes out," Bill Zito said. "Does (Rask) stay in Finland and boost himself up for another year? Or does he come here and see what it's going to be like in the fishbowl? It's a situation where we'll keep talking about it. Right now it's a big maybe."

Rask was the Leafs' first-round pick last year.

WORLD JUNIOR DECISION COMING

MLSEL will learn by May 18 whether it has won the right to play host to the 2009 world junior championship.

Hockey Canada will announce the winning bid before its annual general meeting in St. John's, Nfld., starts on May 19.

If awarded to Toronto, the tournament would be played at the Air Canada Centre and the Ricoh Coliseum. Other cities with bids include Montreal, Ottawa, Saskatoon and Calgary/Edmonton.


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