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by Paul on 04/15/12 at 02:05 PM ET
from Damien Cox of The Spin,
Don’t listen to the rumours that Brian Burke, subjected to an avalanche of public scorn in recent weeks, is planning to take a six-month leave to get his personal and professional house in order while leaving right hand man Dave Nonis in charge.
“I’ve never considered it and ownership has not asked me about it,” Burke said last week. “Quit is not in my vocabulary.”
But while those who would have Burke dismissed after his short tenure as Leaf president and GM won’t be satisfied, they may be able to take solace in the fact that the club’s controversial goaltending coach, Francois Allaire, may be looking to make an exit.
As reported first by Elliotte Friedman on CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada on Saturday night, there is strong speculation that a frustrated Allaire may soon resign his position with the Leafs and retire as an active NHL goalie coach. Allaire, the mentor behind Patrick Roy’s ascension to hockey imortality, has goaltending-related business interests outside of the NHL.
When contacted by The Star about the reports, Burke said he had not heard directly from Allaire that he was intending to step down. What appears to be the case is that friends and associates of Allaire are making his unhappiness known.
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