The Washington Capitals added on Monday Scott Allen to the coaching staff of Peter Laviolette, where he will join assistant coaches Blaine Forsythe, Kevin McCarthy and goaltending coach Scott Murray.
Allen, who will work primarily with Washington and shorthanded forwards, was the former head coach of the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League. Allen spent the previous two seasons as an assistant at Hershey before being named head coach ahead of the 2021-22 season.
The 56-year-old replaced Scott Arniel, who left in early July to take up an assistant coaching position with the Winnipeg Jets. Arniel, who led the penalty kill in Washington, served as a Capitals assistant coach for four seasons.
The Capitals’ shorthanded went 18-for-18 in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Florida Panthers, but Washington lost the series. Washington’s penalty kill unit was ranked 13th in the regular season with 80.44 percent.
Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan said in mid-July that the team had narrowed its search for an assistant coach to five candidates and wanted to hire someone with skills similar to Arniel’s. MacLellan said replacing Arniel was the only expected coaching change before the 2022-23 season.
Allen’s coaching career includes stints with several NHL teams, including assistant positions with the Panthers, New York Islanders and Arizona Coyotes. He ran shorthanded at Arizona and in the 2018-19 season, the Coyotes were tied for first in the NHL in shorthanded percentage (85.0). Allen also coached in the AHL for 14 seasons.