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Report: Allaire rejected Carlyle’s ultimatum, quit

Sep 19, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

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More details are emerging in the wake of Francois Allaire’s decision to quit as Maple Leafs goaltending guru.

Just to get everyone up to speed…

On Monday, it was reported that Allaire had decided to leave the organization after three years of tutoring the likes of young netminders James Reimer and Jonas Gustavsson.

Allaire cited interference from Toronto’s coaching staff and management as his reason for moving on, telling the National Post, “If that’s the way they want to operate, then I’m not there.”

Predictably, Leafs GM Brian Burke shot back the very next day. While Burke didn’t deny there was interference, he said Allaire’s refusal to adapt to modern goaltending techniques forced the club to step in before and during the team’s disastrous 7-18-4 finish to a once-promising season.

Which brings us to today’s report in the Toronto Star, in which we learn (via Burke, presumably) that Allaire had bickered with the Leafs’ coaching staff for much of the season and had finally been presented with an ultimatum by head coach Randy Carlyle. Allaire could either agree to the terms of it, or he wouldn’t be back in 2012-13.

The list included: working a maximum 17 days a month, including six with the Marlies, rather than being around the team every day; apologizing to the coaches on staff he had offended; and a commitment to teaching a more aggressive goaltending style.

Not surprisingly, Allaire would have none of it and chose to leave.

Now, to be fair, most of us have worked at places where people had differences of opinion (Halford and I routinely fight when he’s wrong and I’m right), but the fact all of the above is playing out in public doesn’t bode well for Burke’s future with the organization.

If things in Toronto don’t turn around, and soon, the new owners will need to go in a different direction. (For instance, towards the playoffs.)

  1. 950003cups - Sep 19, 2012 at 4:08 PM

    Allaire screwed up Gustavsson big time. He took an athletic goalie and made him play angles. Lundqvist doesn’t play with “proper” goaltending fundamentals and he’s good. Jonathan Quick is a great example too. Both play unorthodox styles and both are very good. Gustavsson should have been able to get the Leafs in to the playoffs by now. Leafs seem to play their best at the end of the season when they’re eliminated from making a postseason. Likely when the coaching staff lays off and the players have less pressure. Allaire is an egotistical old senile man who waives his rings in anyone’s face who questions his coaching tips.

  2. 950003cups - Sep 19, 2012 at 4:11 PM

    If I was running the show there, I’d punch Allaire right in the mouth… and then, of course, smile and wish him a “good day sir”

  3. slickdemetrius - Sep 19, 2012 at 6:15 PM

    Just like Charlie Brown, the Leafs are completely hopeless.

  4. id4joey - Sep 19, 2012 at 6:32 PM

    Burke is hopeless and a walking disaster. Retire already.

  5. jaredphi - Sep 20, 2012 at 9:12 AM

    Based on the details that have emerged, I’d put the blame here squarely on Allaire’s head.

    He sounds like a spoiled brat prima-donna. Get your ego in check!

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