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Report: Jackets willing to give Davidson complete autonomy over hockey operations department

Oct 13, 2012, 5:22 PM EDT

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John Davidson has gotten a lot of credit for the Blues revival in recent years and the Columbus Blue Jackets could certain use his expertise now. To that end, he’s come to Columbus to meet the team’s ownership over the weekend.

The Blue Jackets seem serious about getting Davidson and are willing to throw money his way and give him complete autonomy over their hockey operations department, according to the Columbus Dispatch.

If he decides to join them, the Blue Jackets are likely to give him the title of president of hockey operations, which is a position that currently doesn’t exist within their organization. The Dispatch speculates that Blue Jackets president Mike Priest would then focus more on the business side of the organization while Davidson would fit between the ownership and GM Scott Howson.

Getting Davidson would be a big gain for Columbus and in a weird way, the lockout might work to his advantage. It would give him a chance to get a good feel for his new organization while the NHL is frozen rather than being forced to get his bearings on the fly.

Davidson has previously expressed optimism about the Blue Jackets’ organization despite their underwhelming history and the loss of Rick Nash over the summer.

  1. puckhogg - Oct 13, 2012 at 7:19 PM

    j.d. say yes…please say yes

  2. rodeoclowndc - Oct 13, 2012 at 8:54 PM

    Here’s a thought – show that clown Howson the door and throw some of his money Davidson’s way, Win-win!

  3. east96st - Oct 13, 2012 at 8:59 PM

    1) the Dispatch are partial owners of the Jackets. Therefore, they are a propaganda sheet, NOT a reliable source of news. Why PHT continues to treat them as an unbiased source of information regarding the Jackets baffles me.

    2) As long as Mike Priest controls the purse strings, “complete autonomy” is nothing but fiction. “Sorry, JD, the money’s just not in the budget to make that move”. When you have the ability to say that, YOU have complete autonomy, not the guy on the other side of your desk looking for you to sign the check.

    3) “The Blue Jackets seem serious about getting Davidson and are willing to throw money his way”. Translation – we’ll pay handsomely to fool the fan base and use you as the next scapegoat for gross ownership mismanagement.

    Look, I won’t lie. If Mr. McConnell offered me a boatload of money and a guaranteed contract to be the fall guy, I would do it. I don’t blame JD for cashing in. But for PHT to treat ANYTHING coming from the Dispatch as more than just a well planned “leak” from ownership to try to fool a city that has grown weary of the endless BS is wrong. The conflict of interest is there for everyone to see. The Dispatch OWNS the Jackets. There are NO competing papers in Columbus to print the truth. This is the Carter trade all over again. A sad attempt to fool the fans while the cancer continues to grow. No, I don’t mean JD is a lazy, malcontent douche like Carter. I respect JD. But he cannot, and certainly will not, have complete autonomy as long as Priest controls the cash.

  4. id4joey - Oct 13, 2012 at 11:06 PM

    Yep! JD can build another Stanley Cup champion. No doubt about it. He’s done it before, and could do it again. Right?

  5. icelovinbrotha215 - Oct 14, 2012 at 12:06 AM

    Well we all know one thing, he can’t do any worse. Hopefully he make something of the mess that has been made in Ohio’s capital.

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