Dan Bylsma has completed his coaching staff today with the announcement that the Sabres have hired Andrew Allen to be their new goaltending coach.
Allen spent the last four seasons as the developmental goalie coach for the Chicago Blackhawks, where he supervised the Hawks' goalies at their AHL affiliate in Rockford, Ill.
Allen replaces Arturs Irbe, who earned wide praise for his work last season with Jhonas Enroth, Michal Neuvirth and Anders Lindback. Irbe had a year left on his contract but was intensely loyal to Ted Nolan and was unhappy with the treatment of the fired Sabres coach, so there was little chance he was staying.
Bylsma spoke to Irbe but the team said last month it had moved on and was searching for a replacement. Allen joins Terry Murray, Dave Barr and Dan Lambert as Buffalo's new NHL staff.
Prior to joining the Blackhawks, Allen spent three seasons as a goaltending coach for St. Lawrence University and was a national team goaltending coach and development consultant for the Japanese Ice Hockey Federation. He played four seasons at Vermont, where he was a teammate of Chicago veteran Patrick Sharp as a senior.
Allen played professional hockey for five seasons from 2000-2005, including AHL stints with the Utah Grizzlies, Hershey Bears, Binghamton Senators and Providence Bruins. He also compiled a 76-43-15 record in 142 ECHL games and won a league championship with Trenton in 2005.
Here's a 2013 interview with Allen about his role in Rockford: