As if James Reimer won't be under enough pressure when the Maple Leafs open training camp this weekend, he got a heap of praise from the team's goaltending consultant, Francois Allaire, on Sunday.

"I have started a lot of young kids in the league, some really good ones, and I think James is as good as anyone else I have coached so far in my career," Allaire said. "(Reimer's) progression has been phenomenal for one reason — his work ethic has been phenomenal. I've been impressed with James the last two seasons."

Allaire had a hand in making Patrick Roy what he became in the National Hockey League. Jean-Sebastien Giguere won a Stanley Cup in Anaheim with Allaire as his guide.