Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch brings good, albeit expected, news for the Columbus Blue Jackets: John Davidson, the man credited with the St. Louis Blues' turnaround, will join the franchise as president of hockey operations.
From the Dispatch:
Davidson, 59, would serve directly under majority owner John P. McConnell, giving him authority over general manager Scott Howson, assistant general manager Chris MacFarland and the rest of the hockey operations department. If Davidson's time in St. Louis is an indication, he will not shy away from adding seasoned hockey executives to build a winner in Columbus.
Priest, who has been president since 2007, likely will retain his seat on the NHL Board of Governors but is expected to lean strictly toward the business side of the organization.
(UPDATE: The Blue Jackets confirm the hiring, with a 2 p.m. presser on Wed.)
We've already given this thing a ringing endorsement; not only because Davidson is one of the best hockey men in the NHL, but because he's a great face-man for an organization.
He was out front for the Blues, courting fans and sponsors to buy back into the team during its resurgence. Portzline defines the Blue Jackets as "the NHL's wayward franchise, one of the most anonymous, unsuccessful teams in all of major-league sports."
Davidson can immediately address the anonymous nature of the franchise; and based on his track record, the "unsuccessful" part could be turned around in short order too.
Best of all: Scott Howson will now be his underling. This is Davidson's team. Wonder what he thinks of the goaltending?