BUFFALO – Sabres coach Dan Bylsma had no previous connection to Andrew Allen before hiring the 38-year-old as goalie coach this week.
“Really word of mouth and had some great recommendations from people in Chicago,” Bylsma said Friday inside the First Niagara Center. “So I got to know him in the last week or 10 days and got him in here a little bit earlier this week.”
Allen, a former pro goalie, spent the last four seasons as the Chicago Blackhawks’ developmental goaltending coach, overseeing the netminders with the AHL Rockford IceHogs. He spent three seasons as St. Lawrence University’s goalie coach and also coached in Japan before joining the Blackhawks.
Bylsma didn’t retain former goalie coach Arturs Irbe, who spent one season in Buffalo.
“I think after we chatted Arturs and I decided to go separate ways,” Bylsma said.
The Sabres, however, still need a coach for the Rochester Americans. That hire could take some time.
“We’re down the road, not close,” Bylsma said.