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Goaltending coach Allaire, who helped develop Roy and Giguere, leaves Leafs

Monday, 09.17.2012 / 2:05 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Goaltending coach Allaire, who helped develop Roy and Giguere, leaves Leafs

TORONTO - The Toronto Maple Leafs and goaltending consultant Francois Allaire are parting ways.

The team confirmed to The Canadian Press on Monday that Allaire will not be returning after spending the past three seasons in Toronto. Allaire was hired by Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke after the two worked together in Anaheim, where the goaltending coach helped develop Jean-Sebastien Giguere into an all-star.

Allaire had spent 12 seasons with Anaheim. Under his watch, Giguere won the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP in 2003 and helped the Ducks win the Stanley Cup in 2007.

Allaire also spent 12 seasons with the Montreal Canadiens, working with Hall of Fame goaltender Patrick Roy during the peak of his career.

Allaire was unable to reach the same level of success with the Maple Leafs, although he had less natural talent to work with in Toronto. James Reimer and Jonas Gustavsson showed flashes of inspired play under his watch, but not at a consistent level.

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We think that Randy is a very good coach. Our players think that Randy is a very good coach. We think that he's going to get the most out of this group. With the addition of the two assistants, a bit of a different dynamic, we're very comfortable that this is a quality coaching staff that's going to maximize the potential of this team.

— Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis on head coach Randy Carlyle and his staff