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Coyotes name Regier assistant GM

Jul 3, 2014, 4:16 PM EDT

Darcy Regier AP

Darcy Regier is back in the NHL.

The former Buffalo general manager — the longest-tenured (16 years) in franchise history — has been hired in Arizona to serve as Don Maloney’s assistant, the club announced on Thursday.

Regier will also serve as the Coyotes’ senior vice president.

“We are very pleased Darcy has decided to join us in Arizona,” Maloney said in a statement. “Darcy adds intelligence and experience to our management team. 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.”

The Regier-Maloney reunion has long been rumored. Regier worked under Maloney in the early 90s with the Islanders organization, and was quickly identified as a possible replacement after the Coyotes’ ex-assistant GM, Brad Treliving, took the head job in Calgary.

Regier had been out of work since being fired in Buffalo in November of last year.

  1. bullwinkle88 - Jul 3, 2014 at 4:18 PM

    This guy is way over qualified to be an assistant GM he deserves a GM slot. He’s very good at what he does and is the best trader I’ve ever seen. Other GMs had better watch out!

    • billsin20xx - Jul 3, 2014 at 4:53 PM

      Don’t worry, your dad did get another job…. he doesn’t need your cheerleading.

      • bullwinkle88 - Jul 3, 2014 at 5:55 PM

        So what did he do to you? Pee in your cereal bowl?

      • billsin20xx - Jul 3, 2014 at 5:56 PM

        He wrecked my team slowly over 16 years!

  2. timmyp716 - Jul 3, 2014 at 4:58 PM

    This is the same guy that claimed that he wasn’t able to read what direction the rest of the league was going in. He may be very good at getting more value for players in trades than what they’re worth but evaluating his own team is his major downside.

    • billsin20xx - Jul 3, 2014 at 5:04 PM

      Funny, Gionta just said today he wanted to play here 5 years ago but Regier just couldn’t pull the trigger…. story of his career, just a little behind everything.

      • bullwinkle88 - Jul 3, 2014 at 6:19 PM

        Story of his career – making fantastic trades. Obviously Montreal wasn’t giving us enough. Darcy won’t make a mediocre trade just to satisfy Gionta, you, or anyone else.

        Care to blame him for global warming too?

      • billsin20xx - Jul 3, 2014 at 6:25 PM

        Oh, you are so easy to slam. He was a free agent 5 years ago, a trade wasn’t needed with Montreal.

  3. billsin20xx - Jul 3, 2014 at 4:58 PM

    Well at least he’s going to a job he’s qualified for, an assistant. He and Snow could have a heck of a contest over who is he worst GM in hockey.
    Totally wrecked a good franchise in Buffalo, made hem a laughing stock. So happy pegula finally figured out and didn’t let him attempt his 3rd rebuild here again.
    Good luck Arizona, hope you don’t ‘suffer’ too much.

    • bullwinkle88 - Jul 3, 2014 at 5:54 PM

      What a load of B.S.

      He worked well with three owners…one who went to jail, another who was cheap, and one who believed that you could create a Cup contender from the draft. And through all that he brought us to the finals. Finally he has created the best group of prospects in the NHL today along with a plethora of draft picks for the future.

      That’s why you’re full of it.

      • timmyp716 - Jul 3, 2014 at 5:59 PM

        “one who went to jail, another who was cheap, and one who believed that you could create a Cup contender from the draft”


        He inherited a team built by Muckler, let his top 2 players go and signed vanek to an awful contract instead of taking the picks from edmonton, and last had a boss who realized this wasn’t the guy

      • billsin20xx - Jul 3, 2014 at 6:01 PM

        We will see how many thumbs down you get on this one.
        And he got to the finals in his second year, obviously (to most people) that wasn’t his team it was one he inherited. As for as his prospects, if they are all so great then why didn’t the Amerk’s get anywhere in their playoffs????

    • bullwinkle88 - Jul 3, 2014 at 6:16 PM

      Just as I figured, you’re out to lunch on the facts.

      Darcy did an excellent job acquiring Drury and Briere. No credit for that? He didn’t let them go, Quinn did as per orders from Golisano.

      He couldn’t have let Vanek go to Edmonton in light of the loss of Drury & Briere. Too much of a PR hit. And who knew Edmonton would stink so badly? And obviously their GM was better than Regier, right?

      Hindsight is 20/20, isn’t it? Especially when you’re myopic to the facts.

      • billsin20xx - Jul 3, 2014 at 6:28 PM

        Just start counting up your thumbs downs you are getting on every comment you post, LOL.. You just don’t have a clue….

      • timmyp716 - Jul 3, 2014 at 6:47 PM

        The fact that he was more worried about PR than winning I guess says it all right there.

      • timmyp716 - Jul 3, 2014 at 7:07 PM

        Hey billsin20xx, are we possibly the ones who are wrong for not wanting to settle for mediocrity and wanting to see a cup in this town?

  4. stevepopo - Jul 3, 2014 at 5:08 PM


  5. eng201igorsukh - Jul 3, 2014 at 6:07 PM

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! Good luck, Arizona Coyotes fans—you’ll need it.

    As billsin20xx said above, “He and Snow could have a heck of a contest over who is he worst GM in hockey.”

  6. phxyotes - Jul 3, 2014 at 6:16 PM

    Just what the Coyotes need, another clown that has no clue on how to attract good talent for the team. The ship in Glendale is taking on water already and the season hasn’t even started…..

  7. pmonte3122 - Jul 3, 2014 at 8:43 PM

    Have fun with this idiot.

  8. zinger99 - Jul 3, 2014 at 8:56 PM

    The Sabres made it to the Finals in ’99 because they overachieved(not the first team to show up and wreck a Stanley Cup Final). And they did it with John Muckler’s guys. Not Regiers.

  9. marauders127 - Jul 3, 2014 at 9:02 PM

    Funny, he’s an assistant GM folks, that’s it. This is a role he will be good at. He is just not a visionary, you need to be as a head guy.

  10. pizzaman77 - Jul 3, 2014 at 9:17 PM

    I will say this..when he actually made trades, they were good: acquiring Briere & Drury. His last move trading Vanek, he got a great return as well. Aside from that though, he was always a day late and a buck short running the team…to the ground. He overvalued players and was criticized of being married to them as well. Anyone who knows hockey can’t figure out how the man had his job as long as he did. Good luck,’re going to need it

  11. richc111 - Jul 3, 2014 at 11:34 PM

    The reason he was so good with trades because he was always a seller at the end of the season. My Mom could get decent value for trades if you are always trading away to best players to playoff hungry teams.

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