Penspal wrote:First and foremost, Allaire left the WORST franchise in the NHL with only one real goalie - James Reimer. JR loved him and continues to support him, so basing any part of Allaire's worth on what Brian "big mouth" Burke says is hogwash. At the very least, I'd like to see him come in and consult with Meloche. Mr. Allaire is the Scotty Bowman of goalie coaches. Burke's trashing of his style is a manufactured reason to let him go.
Fleury is not playing Gilles Meloche "style", but his own which Meloche helps him with. Gilles last played in the NHL 25 years ago, so what a goalie coach brings is as much about the mental game and small adjustments than anything else. Goalie coaches at the NHL level are supposed to recognizes what makes a goalie successful, pointing out when he gets away from that, assisting with the study of shooters, their habits, etc.
I'm not for replacing Meloche, but imho the smear campaign of Allaire should be recognized for what it is.
Agree with this except I'm all for swapping Meloche for Allaire. Allaire's success extends much further than Giguere (Patrick Roy, anyone?, Jonas Hiller). He's also the perfect coach for Fleury as Fleury has the athleticism, speed and talent to execute that kind of a system. It could greatly help his positioning and the speed of his adjustments (post initial save).