On the St. Louis boards they seem to think that Davidson is on the way out and that his price tag is the reason. Owner Stillman is looking to cut some costs. I'm hoping that we just assume Davidsons contract. Place him in a pure hockey role. Leave the other business type decisions to Priest.
Blues fan here! Jackets fan too......
Admittedly, I did not read the entire thread, but stopped at the first post that succinctly summed up the situation.
There's an outside chance that JD remains with the St. Louis Blues, but, like Scotia wrote, the Blues finances are whacked and must be corrected.
If the Jackets do hire Davidson, I hope it's done ASAP. Give him as much time as possible in advance of the draft to figure out strategy. The Jackets cannot afford to screw up the Nash trade/non-trade, so get a good hockey mind in here with some time to figure out the best course of action.
I think this guy would be worth every bit of the $2 million we would pay him - from what I can gather, he's a good ambassador for the game, so that can only help with trying to sell the team to the fans. More fans, more money, so the $2 million investment could be paid back in multiples if Davidson can get this team out of the hole.
Went over to the STL board to see what they have to say and it would appear that the majority seem to think he is on his way out. Primarily as a cost cutting measure.
Kind of thank you very much for the job you did but the new owner wants to pare the overhead.
What a fortunate opportunity for the CBJ. Lets hope the fit is right and he wants to take on the challenge. After opening up the checkbook to make the effort last year and having that fail, I hope that the wisdom of this expenditure would be apparent. Gotta think that if they were interviewing him they were already aware of the financial commitment it was going to take. Don't think it's about the money on this end.
It's almost too good to be even possible. Perhaps this is the Hockey Gods paying us back for the awful jobbing at the Draft Lottery. They do owe us at least one.
I'm not sure if JD would be considered RFA or UFA, but he'd be the most important Free Agent acquisition this franchise has ever had IMO. The thing I love about JD is he brings a little bit of the best of both DMac and Howson. He has a great public persona and is not afraid to pull the trigger like DM, but he's not a cowboy either. He's also calculated and smart like Howson, but he's not a wus. I hate to ruin him already by comparing him to DM/SH, but that's the frame of reference I have. I think he'd be the best of both worlds. I also love the instant credibility he'd bring to the franchise.
This has been a fun little thread. I can't really say I have any expectations on this coming to pass. Then again, I'm amazed the two even talked. Davidson would have to be in demand with some other organizations as well. Maybe our geographical proximity to St. Louis would be attractive.
With the total disaster of the 2011-12 season and the constant "What can go wrong did" situations with the franchise, that continued right on with losing the draft lottery, it's almost too good to be true that something would fall in line like this for us. You almost begin to forget Letestu, Nikitin, and JJ in midst of all the disasters that has befallen this franchise or, at least, you are waiting for the other shoe to drop. You know, kind of like Vermette doing well until his signed his new contract.
The acquisition of Davidson could continue the process towards becoming a respected franchise. The one that started with a small step in getting Patrick. As I said back in November, this is going to be a very interesting off season.
As I said back in November, this is going to be a very interesting off season.
Unfortunately, that's when it started.
"Every game, every point is a necessity." -- Ty Conklin, January 2007
"I'll have a chance to compete for the post of first issue. This is the most important thing." -- Sergei Bobrovsky, June 2012
I'm not sure if JD would be considered RFA or UFA, but he'd be the most important Free Agent acquisition this franchise has ever had IMO.
I don't believe management transactions fall under the collective bargaining agreement, do they? He's not not in NHLPA so I would assume it would all be in the specific contracts he has (in StL) and will get (in Cols) if it happens. Perhaps some lawyerly type can correct me if I'm wrong.
But I agree this would seem to be a huge step forward for this franchise.