GLENDALE – Approached by dozens of applicants over the past two months, Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney had one person in mind to become the team’s next Assistant General Manager from the moment the job became available.
"Bringing Darcy into this organization is a really good thing for us," Maloney said. "The wealth of knowledge he has garnered as a long time General Manager in the National Hockey League is invaluable to us. He is a great addition to our staff."
Regier, whom the Coyotes announced as Senior Vice President/Assistant General Manager on Thursday, is eager to get back into action after a 17-year stint as GM of the Buffalo Sabres that ended last November.
"He had great moments there and, like all of us, has had some down moments," Maloney said. "We’re thrilled to bring him on. I think he’s a great resource for the organization (and) for me. He’s intelligent, creative, experienced, knows the league, knows people in the league, knows players. I can’t imagine a better hiring for this organization than Darcy."
Maloney approached Regier about the job in late April after Brad Treliving left to become the General Manager of the Calgary Flames. Regier said he did not immediately jump at it because he wanted to make sure he still had passion for it while on a lengthy family vacation.
"As time went on it became more and more clear that I love being around the game and in the game, and I’m very excited to be given this opportunity to come here," Regier said. "The leadership here is terrific and the culture that has been created by Don and Dave Tippett and the leadership group of players is something most teams long for."
Maloney and Regier have worked together before with the New York Islanders in the 1990s.
"Don is a high quality person and very trustworthy and honest, and we’ve had a great relationship," Regier said.
Regier is in Arizona this week and plans to attend the annual prospect development camp next week in Scottsdale. He said the first item on his to-do list, besides physically moving to Arizona, is to spend time with Maloney fine-tuning the job description.
"We’ve had conversations but we’ll have a lot more conversations about it," Regier said. "I’m excited, as this evolves, to find out where I can best help the organization."
Maloney has said the assistant general manager would be involved in all aspects of the team's hockey operations department. Ray Edwards is the head coach/general manager of the team's American Hockey League affiliate in Portland, Maine. Maloney said Regier is a great choice because the Coyotes and the Sabres have had a lot in common in recent years.
"If you think about Buffalo … there was a long time where they were in the very same position," Maloney said. "(Like the Coyotes), They were in a bankruptcy situation. They came out of it. They had an ownership group that had to watch every penny that was spent, and yet he found a way to make it work."