Rangers Roundup: Benoit Allaire gets promotion, organization changes, and Seattle has a coach

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Benoit Allaire coaching his goalies (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The goalie whisperer, Benoit Allaire has been given a promotion according to the latest press release just issued by the New York Rangers.

New York Rangers President and General Manager Chris Drury announced today that the team has made several changes to its hockey operations department. Benoit Allaire has been promoted to Director of New York Rangers Goaltending, and Jeff Malcolm has been promoted to Hartford Wolf Pack Goaltending Coach. In addition, Jean-Ian Filiatrault joins the Rangers’ player development department as Goaltending Consultant, and Matt Hunwick also joins the hockey operations’ player development department.

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Benoit Allaire promotion and other organizational changes

Allaire has been with the Rangers for the last 17 years. He was named to the staff as the goalie coach back in the summer of 2004 and helped Henrik Lundqvist become one of the game’s greats. As the the team’s new Director of Goaltending, he will oversee the development of all goalies in the organization. That will include the NHL level, where he will be based and continue as head goalie coach, as well as the AHL and ECHL.

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Apr 25, 2021; New York, New York, USA; Igor Shesterkin #31 of the New York Rangers stops a shot in the first period against the Buffalo Sabres at Madison Square Garden on April 25, 2021 in New York City. Mandatory Credit: Elsa/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports

With the promotion, comes help. Both Malcolm and Filiatrault will report up to Allaire. Malcom, served as Hartford’s goalie consultant and will expand on that role under Allaire. Filiatrault will be Allaire’s assistant in the development of all Rangers goalie prospects here and abroad.

Hunwick who played for the Rangers in the 2014-15 season will join Jed Ortmeyer’s group and assist on player development. The team also included former Rangers tough guy Tanner Glass and Tuomo Ruutu.

Dave Hakstol named Seattle Kraken coach

The Seattle Kraken know how to do things in style. An intro video was kicked off by Ron Francis to announce Dave Hakstol as their first head coach. After it was done Hakstol remarked, “Awesome introduction!”

“This is a dream that has come true,” he said. “An awesome opportunity.”

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