With Shanahan on board, what happens to Leafs coach Carlyle?

Leafs coach Randy Carlyle’s conducts practice on March 7, 2014. (Stan Behal/Toronto Sun/QMI Agency)

Leafs coach Randy Carlyle’s conducts practice on March 7, 2014. (Stan Behal/Toronto Sun/QMI Agency)

STEVE SIMMONS, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:05 PM ET

The future of Randy Carlyle as coach of the Maple Leafs will not be determined quickly after Saturday's end to this most disappointing season.

There are too many factors at play for general manager Dave Nonis, not the least of which is the spectre of a president of the hockey club -- Brendan Shanahan, for example -- being hired above him by Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment boss Tim Leiweke.

But Nonis, who was made aware of the possibility of a senior executive being brought in before he signed his five-year extension last July, is proceeding as if it's business as usual for the Leafs. And there is significant business to attend to, beginning with the determination on Carlyle after the disastrous final quarter of the schedule.

As of Thursday, though, Nonis was not leaning one way or the other on his coach. And he's highly unlikely to make any head coaching decision for days, maybe weeks.


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