The Washington Capitals on Monday added Scott Allen to Peter Laviolette’s teaching workers, the place he’ll be a part of assistant coaches Blaine Forsythe, Kevin McCarthy and goaltending coach Scott Murray.
Allen, who will principally work with Washington’s forwards and the penalty kill, was the previous head coach for the Hershey Bears within the American Hockey League. Allen spent the earlier two seasons an assistant in Hershey earlier than he was named head coach forward of the 2021-22 season.
The 56-year-old changed Scott Arniel, who left in early July to take an assistant teaching place with the Winnipeg Jets. Arniel, who led the penalty kill in Washington, was an assistant coach with the Capitals for 4 seasons earlier than he moved on.
The Capitals’ penalty kill went an ideal 18-for-18 within the first spherical of the Stanley Cup playoffs towards the Florida Panthers, however Washington lost the series. Washington’s penalty killing unit was ranked 13th within the common season at 80.44 p.c.
Capitals Basic Supervisor Brian MacLellan stated in mid-July the crew had narrowed down its assistant coach search to 5 candidates and wished to rent somebody with comparable skill-sets as Arniel. MacLellan stated Arniel’s substitute was the one teaching change anticipated on workers forward of the 2022-23 season.
Allen’s teaching profession consists of stints with a number of NHL groups, together with assistant positions with Panthers, the New York Islanders and the Arizona Coyotes. He ran the penalty kill in Arizona and through the 2018-19 season, the Coyotes have been tied for first within the NHL in penalty kill proportion (85.zero). Allen additionally coached within the AHL for 14 seasons.