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Report: Allaire hired as Avs’ goalie coach

Jun 4, 2013, 1:29 PM EDT

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Patrick Roy’s former goalie coach, Francois Allaire, has been reunited with his old pupil, who’s now the head coach of the Colorado Avalanche.

Per RDS reporter Renaud Lavoie, the two men have reached a verbal agreement for Allaire to become the new goalie coach in Denver, where he’ll work with Avs netminders Semyon Varlamov and another former student, Jean-Sebastien Giguere.

Allaire was most recently Toronto’s goalie coach from the summer of 2009 to September of 2012, when he left the Maple Leafs on poor terms.

The agreement with the Avs is for three years, per Louis Jean of TVA Sports.

Related: Allaire reportedly rejected Carlyle’s ultimatum, quit

  1. hallsy86 - Jun 4, 2013 at 1:37 PM

    Man he is going to ruin Varlamov.

    • jernster21 - Jun 4, 2013 at 2:07 PM

      Just like he ruined Patrick Roy….he was SO bad.

      • hallsy86 - Jun 4, 2013 at 2:29 PM

        Allaire’s style doesn’t work anymore. Goalies can’t just block now, they need to be able to react and improvise. Also, Allaire doesn’t work with a goalies style, he makes them use his style. Watch video of Gustafson prior to Toronto then watch after being coached by Allaire. Huge difference. Weird how Reimer is suddenly better this season too huh.

      • jernster21 - Jun 4, 2013 at 2:40 PM

        Varly could probably benefit from something more structured. He’s probably one of the most athletic goalies in the league – and it’s turning into a flaw because he’s so erratic. He’s need to be taught proper positioning and calmness under pressure because anything around the net turns into a display of athleticism, but the puck usually ends up in the back of the net.

      • valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jun 4, 2013 at 2:43 PM

        Took the words out of my mouth. TU

    • mp1131211 - Jun 4, 2013 at 2:59 PM

      I thought this was sarcasm…. I think if Roy was in the goal today, he would still be crushing it. I don’t think its fair to say that this style doesn’t work. I don’t know enough to say whether his coaching abilities and style will work with Varlomov or not, but I think its crazy to say that his style is no longer effective.

  2. mp1131211 - Jun 4, 2013 at 2:12 PM

    Great! Looks like they (Avalanche org) are willing to put their money where their mouths are. These stars might not be the perfect fits for coaching positions (Well, Allaire probably is), but at least they are trying something instead of just sitting back and letting Sacco tank the club. This is a good direction.

    • missthemexpos - Jun 4, 2013 at 2:18 PM

      Tanking the club and getting the first overall pick isn’t all bad.

      • mp1131211 - Jun 4, 2013 at 2:28 PM

        Shoot, bring him back to tank it again. You know, it wasn’t a given that they would get that pick. Its a gamble, and a dumb one at that.

  3. hockeyflow33 - Jun 4, 2013 at 2:43 PM

    Solid hire

  4. kicksave1980 - Jun 4, 2013 at 4:00 PM

    The problem with Allaire isn’t that the butterfly doesn’t work. The problem is that it doesn’t work for everyone, and he has a very hard time understanding that. He pretty much demands that his goalies convert to the butterfly bible, and has no issue with coming right out and saying it. Yes, it obviously worked for Roy, Giguere, and a lot of other goalies, but goaltending is not one-size-fits-all approach. People laugh at Brodeur for his “quirky” style (which was the norm pre-butterfly), but it works so well for him that he’s the winningest goalie in league history. You never know who the next Brodeur, Roy, or Belfour is going to be, and the new mentality of goalie coaches is stifling growth from a younger age now.

    As the position becomes more over-coached at a young age, goalies aren’t able to carve their own style. 15 years ago when you watched a game, almost every goalie in the league had a different approach. Now they all, with few exceptions, look exactly the same.

    Also, parents. Don’t force your young son or daughter into a goaltending style just because someone like Patrick Roy or Francois Allaire says it’s the only way to do it. These styles are being taught at such a young age now that there are 15 (!!!!!) year olds having hip replacement surgery!

    • jernster21 - Jun 4, 2013 at 4:33 PM

      I’ve played hockey since I was 6 and have played every position, including goalie, and I think any young kid, especially goalies, try to model themselves after their favorite goalie. I don’t think kids are “taught” a certain style (especially at such a young age where it really doesn’t matter too much), as much as they try to mimic themselves after someone else and their style. Nothing wrong with that in my opinion. You realize what works for you and your body eventually.

      • kicksave1980 - Jun 4, 2013 at 5:31 PM

        I agree with you for sure, and that’s the way it’s always been. Being an old goalie who is around young goalies often, I’ve noticed that it’s changing recently. A lot of parents are sending their kids to goalie schools and getting them specialized instruction at an earlier age these days. There’s nothing wrong with that per se, but you have to be careful, and you really have to do a lot of research into who’s teaching your kid. There are so many instructors and coaches who now follow this rigid, by the T, one-size fits all approach that it’s scary.

        Not sure how old you are, but up until ~10 years ago, a lot of kids didn’t receive super-specialized goalie training (outside of camps) until high school. Not saying that’s good or bad, but it did force us to watch and learn a lot more. The positive is that you could take facets from many different styles, or as you said, emulate, and make it your own. That’s quickly going/gone out the window.

      • jernster21 - Jun 4, 2013 at 6:23 PM

        I’m 30 now, so I know what you mean. I went to a goalie camp at Denver University when I was younger and it was fantastic. Those camps didn’t have anything to do with a particular style, but emphasized fundamentals. Shortly after I changed my mind from being a goalie all the time to playing out due to the politics/parents of other goalies involved. I was a good goalie, but I just wanted to play hockey all the time without having to rotate back and forth with someone else. In youth hockey you rarely have a goalie coach, if one with any goalie experience at all, so learning those fundamentals go a long way regardless of your style. I think a kid is more likely to excel in a style that they want to play than a style that is forced upon them.

  5. babykaby - Jun 8, 2013 at 2:07 AM

    Varly was great with the Caps. He was calm, steady and alert. Maybe it’s the guys playing in front of him.

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