François Allaire will not return as goalie coach for the Toronto Maple Leafs
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09-17-2012, 01:54 PM
The other Dexter
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This strikes me as similar to the discussion of Dwayne Murphy, the Jays' batting coach, who seems to have one philosophy for plate approach and expects all players to cleave to it. Works great for Bautista and Encarnacion, not so well for anybody else.
I say "seems" because we don't really know what discussions take place between players and coaches, or what those players are asked to work on, so with Murphy - and Allaire - it's hard to know if a player's struggles might have something to do with the philosophy they're being taught.
The optics of Allaire leaving aren't great - particular the "too many cooks" angle. But I don't think Allaire should be immune from criticism: the goalie coach's job is to help players get better in order to achieve their potential. Did any of Allaire's charges achieve their potential under his guidance? It's very debatable.
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