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John Davidson Formally Introduced As New Head Of Blue Jackets' Hockey Operations
Published October 25, 2012
RIGHT MAN FOR THE JOB: ESPN.com's Craig Custance wrote Davidson is "one of the most connected people in hockey and is known for his ability to sell the game, an important distinction in Columbus where frustration is at an all-time high after another dismal season" (ESPN.com, 10/24). In Columbus, Rob Oller writes Davidson "brings aggressive patience and dynamic vision. And he is being given full rein to use them." Priest will most likely "slide back to the business side of things." Oller: "Davidson appears to be the perfect fit in Columbus, but then Mike Holmgren ... was supposed to be a great match with the Cleveland Browns and it did not work out" (COLUMBUS DISPATCH, 10/25). The GLOBE & MAIL's Eric Duhatschek writes the Davidson hire "represents a smart move in the right direction." Davidson's presence "alone cannot change that attitude overnight, but it surely will help." In his previous job, Davidson acted "as the de facto front man for a St. Louis Blues franchise that was in similar dire straits before he took the wheel" (GLOBE & MAIL, 10/25).