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by Paul on 02/06/13 at 06:45 PM ET
from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,
When Darcy Regier looks back at his career, he feels fortunate to be in his 16th season as general manager of the Buffalo Sabres.
“It’s a long time and I don’t feel it’s something you can ever take for granted because of the nature of this business,” Regier said. “I view myself as being fortunate, grateful. I’ll keep working at it.”
There are other National Hockey League GMs with longer tenures. Lou Lamoriello has been in New Jersey since 1987 and Jim Rutherford had a three-year head start on Regier when was hired to run the Hartford Whalers before their move to Carolina. Detroit’s Ken Holland and Washington’s George McPhee are also in their 16th seasons with the same club.
What sets Regier apart is that he has worked with the same head coach for 16 years and there are few GMs who have had to deal with as much turmoil.
Regier is a firm believer in the theory that if you hire the right person, there’s no need to make a change. That’s not to say he is opposed to change. He believes it’s important for individuals to change.
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