from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Will St. Louis be the same without Davidson? Presumably, for a while, theyâ€™ll manage just fine. The hockey operations department remains strong. Youâ€™d have to think that the Bluesâ€™ best young players - defencemen Alex Pietrangelo, Kevin Shattenkirk; forwards T. J. Oshie and David Perron - have some upside and thus can still get better.
But sometimes, the sort of convivial, understated aw-shucks leadership style that Davidson embraces is a difficult act to duplicate. Cliff Fletcher had it down too. They made coming to work not seem like work at all. Not everyone can manage that trick. It requires a certain amount of personal charm to pull it off properly.
They had a pretty good going in St. Louis, this last little while, and some of the credit had to go to Davidson, the man in charge of the whole shebang. Itâ€™s hard to imagine why the new ownership fronted by Tom Stillman, who was formerly a minority owner of the team, felt they...