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John Davidson sure sounds like he loves Columbus

Oct 6, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

John Davidson AP

Former Blues president John Davidson is finally free to look for other work but it sounds like he’s got a crush on Columbus.

While others have said he’d be the “perfect fit” for the team, he’s got glowing words for the organization himself as he tells Aaron Portzline of The Columbus Dispatch.

“If (my next stop) is Columbus,” Davidson said, “I can tell you this: That hockey club is better than the one we took over in St. Louis. That club was way, way down the ladder. But this Blue Jackets team is not that far off. There are some pieces there to work with, absolutely. They’ve got some real players there.”

Apparently no one told J.D. they traded Rick Nash to the Rangers.

In all seriousness, there’s hope for the future in Columbus with youngsters Ryan Murray and Boone Jenner (who’s tearing up junior hockey so far) on the way and hope to see Sergei Bobrovsky seize the starting job in goal while Ryan Johansen, Derick Brassard, R.J. Umberger, and Brandon Dubinsky take charge up front.

Saying the Jackets are better off now than where the Blues were though… Them’s potentially fighting words for a division rival.

  1. mickeyb21 - Oct 6, 2012 at 3:10 PM

    As a Blues fan, I agree with that statement about the Jackets being better than the Blues were after 05-06. Did you see the Blues then? They traded away anyone they thought they could. They destroyed the team. At least Columbus has some real defenders and some decent forwards. They also have a few first round picks. It took the Blues a couple years to get multiple picks and real players.

  2. firemarshal1 - Oct 6, 2012 at 5:25 PM

    Jay D, please come back to the MSG booth. Your in-sight in the game is outstanding. You and Sam Rosen make the game announcing wonderfully entertaining for the fans.

  3. lostpuppysyndrome - Oct 6, 2012 at 6:46 PM

    I really hope he can help Columbus out. I’d really like to see that team get competitive, partly because they’ve got a hockey market that’s had nothing to cheer for for so many years, aaaaaaaaaaaand because I hate the Wings.

    • danphipps01 - Oct 7, 2012 at 2:04 AM

      Mostly I just want to see the look on everyone’s faces when they win their first franchise playoff game. Hiring Davidson’s a good start on that, if they get him. Here’s hoping they do.

  4. blomfeld - Oct 7, 2012 at 2:40 AM


    because it sure looks that way judging by this photo ! In fact, it’s not at all clear to me what Yerdon is even trying to push with this article ? Personally, I’ve always respected John Davidson from day one, from his time as a colorful goaltender, through to his days as an NHL executive and broadcaster. Therefore the “spirit” of this article remains a complete mystery to me ? Nonetheless, if the Blue Jackets are now about to receive “gay” leadership in the form of John Davidson, then all I will say is best of luck friends and God speed !

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