As the Sabres’ goalies take off their pads following the games, Andrew Allen stops for a visit. The goaltending coach will offer words of encouragement, advice or just shoot the breeze. It’s a relationship the goalies have enjoyed.
It will continue.
Allen will return for a third season as Sabres goalie coach, General Manager Jason Botterill said. Under Allen’s tutelage, Buffalo’s quartet of Robin Lehner, Chad Johnson, Anders Nilsson and Linus Ullmark have combined for a .920 save percentage.
Johnson, who re-signed Saturday after spending the 2015-16 season in Buffalo, was excited for the reunion with Allen.
“I had a good relationship with him,” Johnson said. “He understands my game, and he really took my game to the next level the season I was there. It was a really good fit for me.”
Before joining the Sabres, the 40-year-old Allen spent four years as the Chicago Blackhawks’ developmental goalie coach. He played in the minor leagues for four seasons after a four-year collegiate career at the University of Vermont.
The Sabres are still hiring the rest of the assistants for new coach Phil Housley.