John Davidson goes again to the Rangers group he has been synonymous with for far of his hockey occupation.
Davidson, 66, was once employed as group president on Friday hours after leaving his publish as president for hockey operations with the Columbus Blue Jackets. He returns to New York, the place he spent portions of 8 seasons as a Rangers goaltender and was once a tv analyst for just about a decade.
“The possibility of rejoining the Rangers group and returning house to New York, the place my circle of relatives and I’ve spent such a lot of superb years, was once one I merely may just now not move up,” Davidson stated.
“There was once just one alternative that I’d’ve regarded as leaving for, and the only earlier than me now’s that chance as I spent 30 years with the Rangers as a participant and broadcaster and feature sturdy ties to that group and town of New York.”
The person identified affectionately as J. D. succeeds Glen Sather, a Corridor of Repute govt who shifted to an advisory position underneath the landlord James L. Dolan. Davidson will oversee the hockey operations division, and Jeff Gorton will stay the overall supervisor.
Dolan referred to as it “the beginning of a brand new and thrilling bankruptcy” in franchise historical past.
Davidson was once with the Blue Jackets for seven seasons, serving to flip an also-ran right into a group that made the postseason 4 occasions. Columbus gained its first playoff sequence this spring.
“He helped us forge a profitable tradition in line with preparation, laborious paintings, duty and honesty,” the Blue Jackets president Mike Priest stated. “He set the tone and employed gifted those that installed position a plan to construct the Blue Jackets in the course of the draft and participant building with the tip purpose being a group that might compete and feature good fortune on the very best stage on a annually foundation.”
The Columbus proprietor John P. McConnell referred to as Davidson’s go back to his roots an “abnormal circumstance for him and his circle of relatives.” After announcing upon hiring him that Davidson was once the easiest individual to guide Columbus’s hockey operations division, McConnell believes this stretch has proved him proper.
“He joined our group at an overly tricky time and led a change that has ended in constant profitable and appearances within the Stanley Cup playoffs,” McConnell stated. “J. D. is a person of serious personality and compassion, and I utterly perceive his hobby within the distinctive alternative earlier than him.”
The Rangers are in the middle of a adolescence motion spearheaded through Gorton, who took over for Sather as normal supervisor in 2015.
Davidson might be handiest the primary domino to fall in an unsure low season for Columbus, which went all-in on the business closing date and may have as many as 4 distinguished gamers depart in unfastened company.
The overall supervisor, Jarmo Kekalainen, takes over Davidson’s activity as change governor, however it’s unsure what identify he’ll think. It’s imaginable he’ll turn into president for hockey operations obligations, with Invoice Zito promoted from assistant normal supervisor.