Apr 13, 2014; Glendale, AZ, USA; The Phoenix Coyotes salute the fans after beating the Dallas Stars 2-1 at Jobing.com Arena. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Arizona Coyotes hire Darcy Regier as assistant GM

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Coyotes general manager Don Maloney was able to bring on board his first choice for assistant general manager this week, Darcy Regier.

“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 was announced as the new assistant general manager/senior vice president of the franchise last Thursday. He was most recently with the Buffalo Sabres as general manager for the past 17 years and was let go last November.

Maloney isn’t concerned that Regier was fired from the Sabres. He stated that everyone has their ups and downs and that he has the skills essential for the Coyotes at this point in time.

Regier has been in talks about the position since April. He did not accept the offer immediately, as he wanted to ensure he still had the passion for it after the recent years. He took a vacation with his family and eventually accepted upon his return home.

“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.”

There’s no doubt that Regier wants to be in Arizona and the excitement is evident from both sides.

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