Found September 27, 2012 on
When news broke on Thursday afternoon that John Davidson would be stepping down as president of the St. Louis Blues, it should of become clear to sports fans in the entire city that they had lost a great man.
John Davidson's decision to accept a buyout from the Blues feels like a logical one right now when you look at the facts.
1. The NHL is locked out and it does not look like the players will be returning to the United States at any time soon to train for an NHL season.
2. New owner Tom Stillman is looking to cut costs on the business side in order to have more dollars to invest on the ice.
3. Besides winning a Stanley Cup, Davidson's job in St. Louis was done. The Blues are relevant in St. Louis again. They are relevant across the NHL again too.
Davidson is very likable. He exudes confidence. He was exactly the unique personality the Blues franchise needed to win the fans back in St. Louis.
Before Davidson signed on in St. Louis seven seasons ago, hockey w...
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John Davidson will step down as the St. Louis Blues president of hockey operations and has agreed to a buyout offer from the team, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Thursday.
Davidson interviewed with Columbus Blue Jackets majority owner John P. McConnell and club president Mike Priest in May for a position with that team, but there is no word on Davidson's future plans.
from Aaron Portzline of Puck-Rakers,
After months of speculation following the sale of the St. Louis Blues, John Davidson has stepped down as president of hockey operations and is leaving the Blues' organization after more than six seasons. His next career move is not immediately known.
Davidson, 59, interviewed with the Blue Jackets for an unspecified front-office...
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Will St. Louis be the same without Davidson? Presumably, for a while, they’ll manage just fine. The hockey operations department remains strong. You’d have to think that the Blues’ best young players - defencemen Alex Pietrangelo, Kevin Shattenkirk; forwards T. J. Oshie and David Perron - have some upside and thus can still...
The St. Louis Blues have laid off "just under 20" front-office workers last week, a club executive confirmed Tuesday to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The remaining 75 employees were forced to accept pay cuts, and, in some cases, switch to four-day workweeks. The layoffs, the result of the NHL lockout, were spread across different departments, chief operating officer...