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Inside Leafs goalie coach's nasty exit

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11:24 AM ET 09.23 | Francois Allaire is a stubborn man, who like a lot of successful coaches, believes it is his way or the highway. Brian Burke is a stubborn man, who like a lot of general managers, believes his way is the only way. So it comes as no real surprise that Allaire's departure from the Maple Leafs as goaltending coach wound up rather toxic. Allaire's nasty exit revealed several things about the Leafs: Burke and others in the hockey world consider him a dinosaur of sorts, teaching a style of goaltending that is out of style, and yet as recently as April he called him the "best goaltending coach in the world." The next time Burke uses hyperbole for his team or staff, take that into consideration; 2) The level of dysfunction with the Leafs coaching staff, under Ron Wilson and perhaps under Randy Carlyle, must be addressed before the Leafs open training camp, whenever that happens to be; 3) Burke's history of misreading goaltenders should come under some question here. His decisions on the position have been more wrong than right throughout his career.

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September 23, 2012  11:37 AM ET

Goaltending Coach. Oxymoron. goes along with:
Bitter sweet
Deafening silence
Dry Drunk
Forward retreat
Irregular pattern
Noisy silence
Quiet riot
Serious joke
Sweet sorrow

September 23, 2012  11:39 AM ET

Was going to read the article but saw it was Toronto Sun and stopped.

September 23, 2012  01:51 PM ET
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Was going to read the article but saw it was Toronto Sun and stopped.

It's worth looking at just for the headline.

Leafs looking dysfunctional ??? shocker

September 23, 2012  02:14 PM ET

Mirtle writes:

The league has stronger interest in going to Seattle than any other market but has been waiting on the building to come together before considering it a realistic possibility.

Expansion to 32 teams has been talked about off and on in NHL circles for the past few years, with Quebec City and a second Toronto team getting much of the attention.

Despite a few setbacks in some troubled markets, however, the league's brass want to continue to try and expand the league's footprint in the United States. The Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue metropolitan area is the 15th largest in the country and is also likely close enough to Vancouver that the team could establish a rivalry with the Canucks


And where have you been hearing these rumors from for the last 2 seasons

September 23, 2012  02:20 PM ET
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Quiet riot


or there's also


September 23, 2012  07:36 PM ET

Allaire's nasty exit revealed several things about the Leafs: Burke and others in the hockey world consider him a dinosaur ...."

The Toronto Sun forgot to mention that everything about the Leafs is nasty, from ownership to GM, to coaching and team.

As Pauly Shore said in the "Son-In-Law" movie: "NASTY!!!"

September 23, 2012  07:42 PM ET

Most Excellent ! As a young headbanger i enjoyed the song stylings of QR with3 thousand others at Max Bell Arena in Calgary ;-)

September 23, 2012  07:43 PM ET
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Goaltending Coach. Oxymoron. goes along with: Bitter sweet Deafening silence Dry Drunk Forward retreat Irregular pattern Noisy silence Quiet riot Serious joke Sweet sorrow

rational woman ?

September 23, 2012  07:47 PM ET
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rational woman ?

Giant shrimp? Military intelligence? Smart hockey players?

September 23, 2012  08:04 PM ET
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Giant shrimp? Military intelligence? Smart hockey players?

sweet farts

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September 24, 2012  10:46 AM ET
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Goaltending Coach. Oxymoron. goes along with: Bitter sweetDeafening silenceDry DrunkForward retreatIrregular patternNoisy silenceQuiet riotSerious jokeSweet sorrow

Maple Leafs Hockey?

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