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Jackets president Davidson on missing playoffs: “It hurts so bad”

Apr 28, 2013, 10:03 AM EDT

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Columbus did all they could to try and secure a playoff spot last night. They did their part by beating Nashville but didn’t get help from either Minnesota or Detroit.

Coming just a point away from booking their first playoffs spot in five seasons could be seen as a brutal letdown but the team President of Hockey Operations John Davidson sees it a little different. He tells The Columbus Dispatch’s Michael Arace that missing out hurts in a good way.

“This hurts, no doubt about it,” Davidson said. “It hurts so bad, but to get to winning, there’s a lot of hurt that goes into it. We put some hurt in, and it sets up part of the foundation we’ve been talking about. I’m so proud of everyone involved.”

Davidson stressed that what the team went through this season will help them grow moving on to the Eastern Conference next season. That kind of growth will be necessary going up against the likes of the Rangers, Devils, Islanders, Flyers, Capitals, Penguins, and Hurricanes.

If they can make a push for the postseason up against some of those monster teams, Davidson will be earning every bit of his keep in Columbus.

  1. steelers88 - Apr 28, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    I feel so bad for Columbus and their fans. Hopefully they can make the playoffs next year.

  2. barkar942 - Apr 28, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    Look at what JD did with St. Louis. He has already righted an upside down sinking ship. It will be fun with them in the east next year.

  3. scionofflame - Apr 28, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    I was rooting for Columbus all the way last night, but I can agree with JD. It’s a learning experience, and you can see that he, Kekalainen and the players have really righted that franchise. I look forward to big things from them next year.

  4. desertfan - Apr 28, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    They could use a dose of JD in TO???

    • windmiller4 - Apr 28, 2013 at 4:34 PM

      No but they could use a dose in the desert..

  5. jimw81 - Apr 28, 2013 at 11:20 AM

    don’t worry Columbus fans, it might hurt now but in the long run, it will be rewarding.

  6. csilojohnson - Apr 28, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    Was rooting for them. Despite the outcome. Their play down the stretch made them more deserving then the Wild.

  7. crazemastercraze - Apr 28, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    They’re set up well for the draft. Can’t wait to see them next year. BJ have nothing to feel ashamed about, huge strides in improving we’re made this year.

  8. jaredo10 - Apr 28, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    Wow that’s going to be a tough division next season

  9. bronxsanman - Apr 28, 2013 at 11:33 AM

    As a lifelong rangers fan I love J.D.and I wish him and Colombus all the success in the world.Wish you were here with us J.D.

  10. jonkchar - Apr 28, 2013 at 12:07 PM

    Respect to Bobrovsky and the Blue Jackets. They’re winners in my book and I mean that

  11. 19to77 - Apr 28, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    That kind of statement says a lot about Davidson’s experience, and tells us that Columbus is gonna come back in a big, big way next year. They’re finally on their way to becoming a great team. It’s awesome to finally see their fortunes start to change. Looking forward to seeing them rock a playoff spot next year!

  12. cameltoews - Apr 28, 2013 at 12:59 PM

    It goes to show you that a trade can truly help the two teams involved when the people in the front office know what they are doing. The blue jackets and rangers made both their teams better this year.

    • orangandblack - Apr 28, 2013 at 5:09 PM

      Rangers took the number 1 seed in the east last year by a large margin. This year, they struggled to hold the 8 seed for most of the season. How did they make their team better?

      • tomfoto48 - Apr 28, 2013 at 5:59 PM

        How can anyone take anything away from this shortened season?

      • babykaby - Apr 29, 2013 at 7:56 AM

        The Rangers are way better at scoring this year than last.

  13. steelers88 - Apr 28, 2013 at 2:04 PM

    Ugh! The Penguins have to deal with Bobvrosky next year. He always kills the Pens.

  14. tyler4richardson - Apr 28, 2013 at 2:59 PM

    Great season for the Jackets. Rick Who?

  15. jacketsfan7 - Apr 28, 2013 at 7:24 PM

    @orangeanfblack they made their team better by adding , Moore , clowe , Nash , dorsett , and brassard , they just haven’t been consistent this year

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