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Blues, John Davidson’s “poker game” heats up

Jun 7, 2012, 6:57 PM EDT

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Andy Strickland has an interestingly fitting phrase to describe the jostling between the St. Louis Blues and team president John Davidson: it seems like a “poker game.”

Earlier today, reports surfaced that Davidson spoke with another Central Division team, the Columbus Blue Jackets. Eric Smith adds an interesting claim that Davidson actually contacted the Blue Jackets, rather than the other way around. Either way, though, Strickland probably cuts to the crux of the wedge between the Blues and the executive who helped to turn them around.

The Blues are waiting to see if Davidson leaves on his own while on the other hand Davidson is probably questioning if the organization even wants him and his hefty contract to remain with the club. Any way you look at it there’s a very sensitive situation brewing.

In reality this isn’t about the Blues not wanting Davidson. It’s whether or not it makes smart business sense to have both JD and GM Doug Armstrong in place atop the hockey department. If Davidson was making $500,000 a year opposed to the $1.6 Million he made this past season then we probably aren’t having this discussion. The $1.6 Million he earned this year was less than he made in the final year of his previous five-year contract.

With Armstrong and still-new head coach Ken Hitchcock in tow, one might argue that the Blues are ready to move on without Davidson. Ideally, the Blues would probably prefer to keep as many strong hockey minds under the same umbrella as possible, but budgetary constraints and ego concerns can make things complicated.

Lou Korac probably captures the mood if Davidson bolts for the Blue Jackets or somewhere else, though.

No matter what John Davidson decides, ‪the Blues‬ are much better off today than the day he stepped in here. His efforts should be applauded.

  1. firemarshal1 - Jun 7, 2012 at 7:36 PM

    John D and Sam R on MSG next season together again? Wow, that would be outstanding.

    • habsman - Jun 7, 2012 at 7:43 PM

      Agreed. The best tandem in hockey.

  2. ecmar2000 - Jun 7, 2012 at 8:07 PM

    Did anyone think that maybe, just maybe, he’s using the CBJ to drive his price up?

    Why would he leave this now-solid organization to go to the Siberia of organizations, for the same job?

    For what, ‘The Build’?

    Here’s another thought: Did anyone think that maybe, just maybe, this was a league-mandated situation? See Patrick’s hiring, see announcing the ASG on the very same day of the fan protest in late-January, rapidly-eroding fanbase, et al – just saying…

    • davebabychreturns - Jun 8, 2012 at 10:41 AM

      Drive his price up? The guy is under contract at present.

      At any rate his recent work speaks for itself, there are a lot of teams that desperately need guidance from someone like JD. Columbus more than most.

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