Coyotes name Regier assistant GM

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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.