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Benoît Allaire remains at Rangers as director of goaltending

Last night, ESPN’s Kevin Weekes reported this that Director of Goaltending for the New York Rangers, Benoit Allaire, would be scaling back his role with the organization after twenty years of service with the organization. However, this morning, USA Today’s Vince Mercogliano reported this that Allaire will continue to serve as the team’s Goaltending Director going forward, but will help the team find his replacement.

Allaire originally took over as the Rangers’ goaltending coach for the 2004–05 season, but wouldn’t really begin his tenure until the 2005–06 season due to the lockout that occurred in 2005. Before his role in the Big Apple, Allaire served as goaltending coach for the Phoenix Coyotes from 1997 to 2004, helping develop a then 24-year-old Nikolai Khabibulin.

In Allaire’s first real season as a goaltending coach for the Rangers organization, he was instrumental in developing one of the best goaltenders in franchise history. Making his debut in the 2005–06 NHL season, former seventh-round pick, Henrik Lundqvist would make his debut and spend the next 14 years in New York.

Allaire and Lundqvist created a bond that would span the latter’s entire career, as it would take Lundqvist eleven years in the NHL before ultimately not receiving a vote for the Vezina Trophy. After Lundqvist left the team following the 2019-20 season, Allaire helped with the emergence of current Rangers starter, Igor Shesterkinwho was a fourth-round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Thanks to Allaire, New York didn’t have to worry about goaltending for the past twenty years. Allaire has coached back-to-back organizational mainstays to Vezina Trophy victories in 2012 and 2022. Allaire and the Rangers organization will have a hard time filling his skates as he eventually retires.

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