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What in high holy heaven is going on in Toronto?

Today brought word that the Leafs highly acclaimed goalie coach Francois Allaire is leaving the team, and not necessarily on great terms. It’s the Leafiest of Leafs things: team acquires proven talent who performs below expectations while a Leaf.

Though, calling Allaire’s performance “below expectations” isn’t fair, given that anything short of turning James Reimer into a Vezina winner would’ve qualified as that.

He left on his own terms, saying:

“To be honest, I don’t think the Leafs need a goalie coach. I think they have enough of them. They have two or three guys who were making decisions with the goalies. In the NHL, that’s not the way it works. “If that’s the way they want to operate, then I’m not there.”

That doesn’t reflect well on the “behind the scenes” aspect of the League’s most successful (financially, obviously) hockey team. The blue-and-white seem to constantly find ways to cannibalize themselves.

Another point of proof of that came out earlier today, about their top prospect Joe Colborne:



Bad news on bad news on bad news for the Leafs lately. They just can’t catch a break, aside from this sort.

In the interest of player development, who let’s their guy do that? How do you not take care of the problem before it becomes worse, and let the guy play and develop while at his best?

It’s almost like the Leafs are a huge company that’s too big to be managed, nobody seems to have a pulse on what’s going on within the organization. The Leafs continually seem to find ways to make things worse, which brings us to the best part of your day: it inspired today’s great Twitter hashtag #tomorrowsleafsnews.

I’m not sure who’s to blame for these constant stream of breaking bad news, but whoever it is, I hope they keep the guy. I enjoy the Twitter outrage way too much.