Welcome back to the NHL, Darcy Regier.
The former Buffalo Sabres general manager has been hired as the senior vice president and assistant GM of the Arizona Coyotes. The 58-year-old hadn’t been heard from since the Sabres fired him after a wretched 4-15-1 start in November.
“Thrilled to bring him on,” GM Don Maloney said in an interview with the team. “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.”
Regier replaces Brad Treliving, who recently became the Calgary Flames’ GM.
“There’s nothing he hasn’t seen in this league,” Maloney said about Regier.
Maloney, who knows Regier from their days with the New York Islanders, called him a “confidant.” His presence allows Maloney to go on the road and scout more.
Maloney likes Regier’s experience winning with a budget. The Coyotes had ownership woes and little cash until a new group took then over last year.
“They were in a bankruptcy situation,” Maloney said. “They came out of it. They had an ownership group he had to watch every penny they spent, and yet they found a way to make it work.”
Regier spent 17 years running the Sabres.
Sabres legend Pat LaFontaine, who resigned as the team’s president of hockey operations in March, has rejoined the NHL deputy commissioner’s officer as vice president of hockey development and community affairs, according to TSN.