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NHL exec says Davidson would be “perfect” fit for Columbus

Oct 3, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

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It doesn’t sound like John Davidson will be out of work for long.

Less than a week removed from his president of hockey operations job with the St. Louis Blues, Davidson’s name has popped up for a number of potential gigs including — according to Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch — a job with the Blue Jackets.

From the Dispatch:

The desperate need for clout and “resume” at the highest reaches of the Blue Jackets’ organization has been well-chronicled, in this space and others.

Said one long-time NHL executive, when asked if Davidson would be a good fit in Columbus: “Oh, my, yes. He’d be perfect. Everything, with every team, starts at the top.”

J.D.’s resume is loaded with accomplishments. He took over as the president of St. Louis’ hockey operations after a disastrous 2005-06 season (the Blues were the worst team in hockey, with 57 points) and turned things around.

In his third season on the job, the Blues finished with 92 points and their first playoff appearance post-lockout. Last season, the Blues went 49-22-11 and captured their first Central Division crown in 12 years (granted, much credit went to GM of the Year Doug Armstrong .)

The St. Louis rebuild has put Davidson in a good spot. He interviewed with Columbus owner John P. McConnell and president Mike Priest back in May, but has also been linked to a front office position Calgary and any number of television gigs.

  1. elvispocomo - Oct 3, 2012 at 3:18 PM

    That was my first though when I saw he was no longer with St Louis, would Columbus be smart enough to bring him in (and would he want to go there depending on the role).

  2. ballistictrajectory - Oct 3, 2012 at 3:21 PM

    Overall a good representative for hockey:

  3. davebabychreturns - Oct 3, 2012 at 4:05 PM

    My first thought when reading this headline was, is that some kind of cheap shot at Davidson?

  4. scoops1 - Oct 3, 2012 at 4:18 PM

    He should go back to calling NYR games

  5. bcsteele - Oct 3, 2012 at 4:39 PM

    I am a Blues fan and he’s done what I would rate a four star out of five star job. I won’t give him all five because there was some serious issues that he didn’t take care of also that I feel like Doug Armstrong was able to handle.

    That said he’s still very capable and very knowledgeable about the game and how to get things done. Columbus (ESPECIALLY given their situation) would be blessed to have him compared to their current front office the way it sits.

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