By John Vogl
Darcy Regier's long-rumored reunion with old pal Don Maloney is official. The Arizona Coyotes have hired Regier as a senior vice president and assistant general manager.
Maloney, the Coyotes' GM who worked with Regier with the Islanders in the 1990s, told The News last week Regier was a candidate for a job in the organization. The Coyotes' previous assistant general manager, Brad Treliving, became Calgary's GM in April.
"When I found out Brad Treliving was leaving us in April, there was one guy on the list," Maloney told Coyotes.com. "At the top of the list was Darcy Regier."
Regier was the longest-tenured general manager in Sabres history, holding the title from June 1997 to November 2013. He was fired along with coach Ron Rolston after a 4-15-1 start that featured fans chanting for Regier to be dismissed.
"He had great moments there and like all of us had some down moments," Maloney said. "Thrilled to bring him on. I think he’s a great resource for the organization, 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."
The Sabres went to four Eastern Conference finals and one Stanley Cup final with Regier as GM. However, they have missed the playoffs in eight of the last 12 seasons, including three in a row.
"If you think about Buffalo, obviously the last couple years haven’t gone the way they would have liked, but there was a long time where they were in the very same position," Maloney said. "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.
"I had really dozens and dozens of candidates for this position. Bringing Darcy into this organization is a really good thing for us."