Toronto Maple Leafs: What the Departure of Goalie Coach Francois Allaire Means

September 17th, 2012 by Curtis Ng Leave a reply »
On Monday morning, Renaud Lavoie of RDS tweeted that goaltending guru Francois Allaire would be leaving the Toronto Maple Leafs after three years of service.

Allaire was lured to Toronto from the Anaheim Ducks in June 2009 by Leafs GM Brian Burke, who had himself left the Ducks seven months prior.

According to the National Post, Allaire was offered a contract extension by Burke at the conclusion of the 2011-12 NHL season, but turned it down, saying:

“I didn’t feel like I could do my job last year,” he said. “I wasn’t getting enough ice time. I wasn’t the only guy with [the goalies]. It’s not fair to the kids, not fair to me, not fair to anybody … I didn’t feel like I could work in this situation.” (via

Allaire is known as the person who mentored Patrick Roy and J.S. Giguere, helping the former win two Stanley Cups with the Montreal Canadiens (1986 and 1993) and helping the latter win the Conn Smythe trophy with the Anaheim Ducks in 2003, despite the fact that they lost to the New Jersey Devils in the Stanley Cup Finals.

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