Ex-Blues executive John Davidson seeks new challenge after buyout
St. Louis, MO, United States (4E Sports) – Hall of Fame broadcaster John Davidson has parted ways with the St. Louis Blues after agreeing to a buyout of the remaining three years of his contract as team president.
However, the 59-year-old Davidson has no plan to retire, saying he is willing to listen to offers being thrown his way.
“If the phone rings, I’ll answer it,” said Davidson, who was interviewed recently by top brass of the Columbus Blue Jackets after Tom Stillman purchased the Blues.
“I want a challenge,” Davidson added. “I’m interested in hearing what might be out there. There’s lot of energy in this old broken-down body.”
Hired by the Blues six years ago, Davidson led the Blues to the Central Division title with 109 points and a second-place finish in the Western Conference. The team also reached the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, where they lost to the eventual champion Los Angeles Kings.
The Blues had 57 points a year before Davidson arrived while the Blue Jackets had 65 points last season.
“If my next stop is Columbus, I can tell you this: That hockey club is better than the one we took over in St. Louis,” Davidson said. “That club was way, way down the ladder. But this Blue Jackets team is not that far away. There are some pieces there to work with, absolutely. They’ve got some real players there, boy.”
Davidson said he expects a repeat of his meeting with Blue Jackets majority owner John P. McConnell and president Mike Priest.
“I’d meet with them again, absolutely,” Davidson said. “We had a very productive discussion, just sharing thoughts and getting an understanding for what they feel about their franchise. I liked what I heard from them, and I liked what I saw that day. It’s an absolutely beautiful building, it’s in a great area, and it’s really got a chance to be something special.”
As of the moment, Davidson said he has not spoken to any other team but the Blue Jackets.
Davidson, a recipient of the Hockey Hall of Fame’s Foster Hewitt Memorial Award for outstanding contributions as a hockey broadcaster in 2009, also did not rule out returning to the booth.
“That intrigues me, but I’m not sure,” Davidson said. “I just don’t know. We’ll see what comes along and see what makes the most sense for my family.”