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Davidson, Blues part ways

Sep 27, 2012, 12:57 PM EDT

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John Davidson has left his post as president of hockey operations for the Blues, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

The move isn’t unexpected. When Tom Stillman bought the Blues in May, there was talk that Davidson, along with his hefty salary, could end up on the chopping block as part of cost-cutting measures.

The Post-Dispatch reports Davidson accepted a buyout offer from the club. (Three years and $6 million remained on his contract.)

It’s not known what he’ll do next. The 59-year-old said in May that, if he left the Blues, he could take another front-office job (he’s been linked to the Calgary Flames and Columbus Blue Jackets.)

He also said he could end up back in broadcasting or just retire.

When Davidson joined the Blues in the summer of 2006, the club had just posted the worst record in the NHL and stood 27th in league attendance, averaging just 14,213 per game.

Last year, the Blues finished third overall and average attendance was 18,809.

  1. dutchman1350 - Sep 27, 2012 at 1:31 PM

    Hello Columbus

  2. gregman98 - Sep 27, 2012 at 1:42 PM

    I thought Davidson had many insightful comments during his years as a commentator on CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada. Wouldn’t be surprising if he landed another broadcasting gig.

  3. rpiotr01 - Sep 27, 2012 at 2:27 PM

    Oh baby! Back to MSG with Sam Rosen!

  4. villi5ed - Sep 27, 2012 at 2:52 PM

    JD as the color man for the Rangers was truly good at what he did through the Stanley Cup run. But once the team hit the skids, from ’97-’98 until he left for St. Louis, he was the biggest shill and apologist for the incompetence of Smith and Sather and Dolan that ever lived. Beyond that? His inability to see that the NYR defense never (and I mean never) stood the play up at its blueline, regardless of how timid and outnumbered the opponents’ rush might be, was jaw-dropping. As the acclaim grew for the man, his performance shrank.

  5. atwatercrushesokoye - Sep 28, 2012 at 12:47 AM

    Come replace the inept Ken King in Calgary, and once the 56 game season is over replace Feaster and go about rebuilding the team properly!

  6. snoop0323 - Sep 28, 2012 at 12:31 PM

    Come home JD and rid the Rangers of the cancer that is Glen Sather.

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