NASHVILLE Once the jolly ambassador for hockey on television, John Davidson has transformed himself into something of a renovator of moribund NHL franchises.
He arrived in St. Louis after the 2005-06 season, when the Blues finished dead last in the NHL. Last season, the Blues posted the third-best overall record in the league.
Then he took his tool bag to Columbus last October, becoming the president of hockey operations. Six months later, his Midas touch can be felt on a franchise that has qualified for the playoffs just once in its history.
Last July, the Blue Jackets were trading away a disgruntled superstar. On Wednesday, the Blue Jackets traded for a disgruntled superstar.
A year ago, the Blue Jackets were playing out the string with meaningless games en route to finishing with the leagues worst overall record. This year, they are engaged in meaningful games, sitting only two points out of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference entering Thursdays road meeting wit...