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I Wonder If Gary Bettman And John Davidson Are Promoting Their Own Version Of Twins?

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Afternoon Line

"This is a team that I think now is being recognized not just as a team that is young and up-and-coming, it's a pretty good hockey club. We have a chance here to make a real good statement with this upcoming season," Davidson told the Blue Jackets' website. "I like this hockey club. I like it a lot. I like its character, I like the way it plays, I like the intestinal fortitude it has, I like how it sticks up for each other. I like all aspects of it. We have a chance to be a very good club."

-John Davidson, President of Hockey Operations for the Columbus Blue Jackets.  More, including video at NHL.com.

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All John Davidson

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

The team has lost two in a row and three of four to fall out of playoff position. What has to change to get it back motoring in the right direction?

 

"I think we have to finish. We've had lots of scoring chances, we're not finishing. Our power play has been a part of that. It's gone dry right now, and as I speak I'm watching our club working on the ice with it. That's got to get better for us. Even if you don't score, that has to get better because it gives you positive momentum. We're not giving up a whole lot, but we need to get the puck in the net."

 

You bring up scoring, which is interesting because you had Marian Gaborik, who is obviously known as a goal scorer, and you traded him away to the Los Angeles Kings. Why didn't Gaborik fit in Columbus?

 

"He had a rough time with injuries mostly. The knee went early. He got back, but the first game back he got hit hard and fractured his collarbone and was out for quite some time. We were looking at it going forward and didn't see a fit for next season, so we decided just to make that change. He wanted to stay. He's a good person. It just seemed like a square peg in a round hole for our club. We just play a different game and it just wasn't a fit. He's a good person, a good player and he'll do well in Los Angeles."

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Morning Line

"There have been a lot of ups and down here. The fans really want it bad. The support has been good. But we have to prove it, though. We have to continue to prove that this won't be a club that's just going to be a flash now and again. We've got to be a consistent team that plays a consistent game that has growth. It's a hard thing to do but that's the idea of us trying to get better."

-John Davidson, President of Hockey Operations for the Columbus Blue Jackets.  More on the Blue Jackets from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.

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Bruins’ Jeremy Jacobs, Blue Jackets’ John Davidson join owners’ anti-Olympic-participation brigade

I guess I'd hoped for too much in expecting the NHL's Board of Governors to at least not chime in yet again regarding certain members' disdain for NHL Olympic participation until the games had ended, especially given Ed Snider's vociferous opposition just prior to the Olympic break.

On the eve of the gold medal game, the chairman of the NHL's Board of Governors, Boston Bruins, Jeremy Jacobs, sent an email to the New York Times' Jeff Z. Klein and Stu Hackel regarding the NHL's participation in the Olympics, suggesting that the NHL might not want to participate in the 2018 games in Pyeongchang, South Korea:

In an email, Jacobs wrote, “I know the importance of competing in the Olympics to many of our players — they are our partners and if it is important to them it should be important to us.”

Jacobs listed four main areas of concerns for the owners: shutting the league down for more than two weeks and its effect on fans and corporate partners; the risk of injury to the top players; mental and physical fatigue among those players; and the compressed schedule and “the challenges it creates for the buildings.”

He concluded, “While these issues exist, balancing them with all of the good that comes with our participation in the Games is a difficult task — one that we will have to continue to explore with our partners over the coming years.”

Columbus Blue Jackets president John Davidson also told Klein that he's not a fan of the concept:

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John Davidson Connecting With The Columbus Fans

from Tim Feran of the Columbus Dispatch,

John Davidson sat in the Columbus Blue Jackets locker room recently and talked about the team’s new division (“it’s fan-friendly”), about how tough the sport is and how much he loves hockey and its history.

The team’s president of hockey operations was informal, warm and genuine, but he wasn’t shooting the breeze with players or coaches. He was shooting the latest in a series of television commercials that are part of the NHL team’s new marketing campaign.

And, in large part because of Davidson’s skills as a broadcaster, the marketing campaign is already working well, said John Browne, the Blue Jackets’ chief marketing officer.

“John speaks with such credibility, such honesty, the way he connects with people is wonderful,” Browne said. “He’s money.”

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Davidson Hoping Blue Jackets Grow With Him

from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

“We’re 10 games in, but I think I’ve seen the good and the bad,” Davidson said. “When we’ve played to our max, we’ve played hard and with some passion, and when we do that, we play well defensively. That’s our reality. That is what we have to be. When we don’t care of the little details, the fundamentals, we don’t play well.”

He likes to say that this is a brick-by-brick project, and, for the time being, he is sticking with the bricks he has on hand. Although defensemen James Wisniewski, Nikita Nikitin and Adrian Aucoin are shelved with injuries, there is no impetus to make a deal to shore the position. Rather, Davidson wants to get a read on Tim Erixon, David Savard and Nick Holden.

“There is some growth to be had and we’ve got to see who is going to show that they have a good, strong future here,” Davidson said.

Davidson is selling this to season-ticket holders with the catchphrase, “Come grow with us.” He sold the same thing in St. Louis. The process begins with a clean slate, for all players — including goalie Steve Mason, who was sterling in a victory over Detroit on Saturday night.

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Is Davidson The Savior For Columbus?

from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,

If there is a silver lining to the NHL lockout, John Davidson figures he can use the time to get settled in as the Blue Jackets’ new president of hockey operations. Without the fury of three or four games a week, Davidson can gauge the habits and personalities of his new staff and witness how the operation works inside Nationwide Arena.

But Davidson wouldn’t be here if the operation were working well.

The trials and tribulations have been many for the Blue Jackets, but last season was the capper. The Jackets spent to the roof of the NHL salary cap but sank to the bottom of the standings, enduring a season that started with four months of misery and exposed all of the club’s dysfunction and built-up disharmony.

Coaches asking media members to criticize players more and them less. Scouts lamenting that they’d gone several weeks without speaking to higher-ups in hockey operations. One player — Jeff Carter — playing as if he didn’t want to be there, and another — captain Rick Nash, of all people — asking to be traded.

If Doug MacLean left behind an oil spill when he was fired as president and general manager in 2007, his replacements — Mike Priest as president and Scott Howson as general manager — allowed the clean-up efforts to veer badly off course.

The Blue Jackets needed a savior.

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Davidson Named President Of Hockey Operations In Columbus

from the Columbus Blue Jackets,

The Columbus Blue Jackets today announced the hiring of longtime National Hockey League executive, Hall of Fame broadcaster and former goaltender John Davidson as the club’s president of hockey operations. In a newly created role, Davidson will oversee all hockey operations activities for the organization and serve as an alternate governor to the NHL’s Board of Governors. He signed a multi-year contract with the club.

“This is a very exciting day for the Columbus Blue Jackets and our fans as John Davidson is a proven winner who brings a tremendous amount of experience, knowledge and leadership to our organization,” said Blue Jackets Majority Owner John P. McConnell. “We believe he is the perfect person to lead our hockey operations efforts.”

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Report- John Davidson Close To Being Named President Of Operations In Columbus

from Aaron Portzline of Puck-Rakers,

John Davidson, who has been involved with the NHL as a goaltender,broadcaster and executive since the 1970s and who spent the past seven seasons restoring the St. Louis Blues to prominence, is close to an agreement to join the Blue Jackets as president of hockey operations, The Dispatch has learned.

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John Davidson Impressed With Columbus

from Aaron Portzline of Puck-Rakers,

After a "whirlwind" weekend in Columbus with the Blue Jackets, John Davidson has returned to St. Louis to contemplate his next step.

"It was a good weekend," Davidson told The Dispatch today via text message. "My wife and I were treated very well. All first class. No decisions yet, as this has been a whirlwind. This will be an important decision for myself, my family and for the Blue Jackets. They have a great set-up there, and we were very impressed with the city."

Davidson would not say if the Blue Jackets had extended him a contract offer.

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Report- Davidson Meeting With The Blue Jackets This Weekend

from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,

John Davidson, one of the NHL’s most respected figures during 40 years as a player, broadcaster and executive, will travel to Columbus this weekend for follow-up interviews with Jackets majority owner John P. McConnell and president Mike Priest, sources told The Dispatch.

The three first gathered on May 29 in Nationwide Arena, while Davidson was president of the St. Louis Blues. Just last week Davidson agreed to a contract buyout with the Blues, and in an interview last weekend expressed interest in the possibility of working for the Blue Jackets.

Apparently, the feeling is mutual. In addition to the interview process, sources said Davidson and his wife, Diana, will be given a tour of Columbus neighborhoods and suburbs.

Both Davidson and Priest declined comment yesterday.

It’s unclear how Davidson would fit within the Blue Jackets’ hockey operations department, but it’s widely assumed around the NHL that he would need the promise of complete autonomy, just as he had with the Blues since joining them as president in 2006.

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Morning Line

“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. That club was way, way down the ladder. But this Blue Jackets team is not that far off. There are some pieces there to work with, absolutely. They’ve got some real players there.”

-John Davidson,who recently parted ways with the St. Louis Blues.  More on Davidson from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch.

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Blues Officially Say Goodbye To Davidson

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues Chairman Tom Stillman and Blues President John Davidson announced today that Davidson has decided to depart from the organization and move on to the next stage of his Hall of Fame career. 

“We would like to thank JD for his commitment and dedication to the Blues organization over the past six seasons,” said Stillman.  “He has been instrumental in revitalizing the Blues franchise and has built a strong foundation for our organization, which will ensure the club’s success well into the future.  He has also developed one of the top teams in the game today.  JD has played a critical role in reconnecting the franchise with Blues fans and the entire St. Louis community, and he is a Hall of Famer in every sense of the term, personally and professionally.  JD and his wife, Diana, have been deeply involved in the community, and they have represented the Blue Note with honor and class.  We wish JD, Diana, and their daughters, Lindsay and Ashley, great health, happiness, and success in their future endeavors.  We will always consider them part of the Blues family.”  

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Will The Blues Manage Without Davidson?

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Will St. Louis be the same without Davidson? Presumably, for a while, they’ll manage just fine. The hockey operations department remains strong. You’d have to think that the Blues’ 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. It’s hard to imagine why the new ownership fronted by Tom Stillman, who was formerly a minority owner of the team, felt they needed to make a change.

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John Davidson Leaving The Blues

from Aaron Portzline of Puck-Rakers, 

After months of speculation following the sale of the St. Louis Blues, John Davidson has stepped down as president of hockey operations and is leaving the Blues' organization after more than six seasons. His next career move is not immediately known.

Davidson, 59, interviewed with the Blue Jackets for an unspecified front-office job on May 29. It's unclear if he wants to undertake another rebuilding effort -- the Blues were the worst club in hockey (57 points) when he arrived in 2006 -- or if he favors a return to the broadcast booth, where he achieved his greatest fame.

Davidson's future in St. Louis became murky the moment Tom Stillman's purchase of the franchise was approved.

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Personally, I'd love to see Davidson back on the air, he is a great analyst of the game.

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from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 

A source has confirmed to the Post-Dispatch that Davidson, who spent seven years with the organization, has agreed to a buyout offer from the Blues for an undisclosed amount.

Davidson, who most recently held the title of president of hockey operations, had three years left on a contract that owed him approximately $6 million.

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Columbus Shows Interest In John Davidson

from Aaron Portzline of Puck-Rakers,

John Davidson, president of hockey operations for the St. Louis Blues, interviewed last week for an executive-level position with the Blue Jackets, The Dispatch has learned via NHL sources.

Davidson, 59, was in Columbus on May 29 to interview with Blue Jackets’ majority owner John P. McConnell and club president Mike Priest.

Neither McConnell nor Priest would comment on the club’s interest in Davidson last week when The Dispatch requested an interview. Through a club spokesman, McConnell said that his franchise will continue to “pursue every opportunity to improve as a hockey club.”

It’s unclear what role Davidson might fill with the Blue Jackets, or how his addition would affect the role of Priest, or others. In St. Louis, he presided over an experienced and accomplished hockey operations staff, but Columbus has one of the most inexperienced front offices in the NHL.

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John Davidson Wants To Stay In St. Louis, But Will He?

from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

For years, Blues President John Davidson told fans to “Come grow with us.” Now, with new ownership in place, the question going around the organization is whether Davidson will continue to grow with the Blues.

Tom Stillman, whose group took control of the club May 10, is the middle of determining the structure of the Blues’ front office, and despite the fact that Davidson just finished the first year of a four-year contract, there are no assurances he will remain with the team.

In fact, Davidson has a “window” in his deal, which triggered when the ownership change took place and opened for an unspecified limited time, allowing him to seek employment outside of the organization.

Davidson stressed that his preference is to stay put — “We thoroughly enjoy St. Louis; it’s been great to us,” he said — but with the uncertainty of Stillman’s plans and the window closing at a time that Davidson chose not to disclose, he may soon be checking his options.

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John Davidson Gets Multi-Year Extension with Blues

ST. LOUIS - SCP Worldwide and St. Louis Blues Chairman, Dave Checketts announced today that the club has signed John Davidson, President of Hockey Operations, to a multi-year contract extension.  As per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“John was our first hire as an ownership group” said Checketts.  “We believed then and still believe now in his ability to rekindle the passion of the Blues in St. Louis. Along the way John has played a lead role in helping to rebuild the St. Louis Blues both on and off the ice.  He became the face of the franchise at a time when it was dearly needed and his hands have been on the wheel steering it in the right direction ever since. We feel that we have one of the preeminent front offices in the National Hockey League and that The Blues are now well positioned for long term success.  Congratulations to John and Diana and thank you for all you have brought to St. Louis.”

 

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Davidson Says Backes Not Going Anywhere

from Norm Sanders of the News-Democrat,

Without tipping his hand toward any potential trades, Davidson on Friday shot down a Canadian-based trade rumor that had Blues forward David Backes headed to the Vancouver Canucks.

“David Backes isn’t going anywhere,” Davidson said. “There’s nothing to it. We all do our scouting, but the facts are the facts: David Backes isn’t going anywhere. People just love to speculate.”

A report in the Toronto Globe and Mail suggested that Vancouver—which signed Backes to a three-year, $7.5 million offer sheet in July of 2008 that was quickly matched by the Blues—was interested in a potential deal.

The report suggested the Blues were interested in Canucks goaltending prospect Cory Schneider, who is playing for Vancouver’s top farm team, the Manitoba Moose.

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Morning Line

“If a person that’s a huge superstar becomes available, the economics of it are frightening.  Then if you have to trade for them, not only do you have to come up with a number of pieces to satisfy the other team, but then the player has the option of walking away on you July 1. That’s tough.”

“If you make a mistake there, that could end up being two mistakes.  If he comes here and then decides he doesn’t want to be here and goes July 1, that’s a double-whammy. It’s a scary situation.”

-John Davidson, President of the St. Louis Blues.  More from Norm Sanders of the News-Democrat including Ed Belfour resigns from his part-time goaltending consultant position with the Blues.

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John Davidson’s Input Improved Our Watching Experience

from John Shannon of Sportsnet,

Being inducted is a group of players who were certainly some of the game’s greatest. Steve Yzerman, Brett Hull, Luc Robitaille and Brian Leetch will be honoured next Monday night, as will New Jersey architect Lou Lamoriello. Between the five, their names are inscribed on the Stanley Cup 11 times. For the past two decades, these greats have left their mark.

Also being honoured will be Pittsburgh writer Dave Molinari, who will be the recipient of the Elmer Ferguson Award. Dave’s talent as one of America’s finest hockey writers, and driest senses of humour, is well documented within the game. And winning the Foster Hewitt Award is John Davidson.

With apologies to the five inductees and Molinari, I will admit my bias on JD’s award….

Proof of his knowledge and leadership is the success that has followed him in St. Louis with the Blues. The true impact, however, he has had on the game (and therefore deserving of the Hewitt award) can be measured by all the fans in both countries that have grown to enjoy the game because of his work.

And while the others will deservedly receive most of the attention next weekend, I wanted all to know how important John Davidson has been to the growth of the game and the NHL.

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2009 Foster Hewitt Memorial Award and Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award Recipients

TORONTO (June 2, 2009) — Bill Hay, Chairman of the Hockey Hall of Fame, announced today that DAVE MOLINARI, the newspaper voice of the Pittsburgh Penguins will receive the Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award for print journalism. Hay also announced that JOHN DAVIDSON, a long-time broadcaster who is currently the President of Hockey Operations with the St. Louis Blues, will receive the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award for outstanding contributions as a hockey broadcaster.

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All John Davidson

from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Will the Blues make the playoffs?

“We’ll make it. We’ll play well (in Phoenix), then have Columbus at home and then we go into Colorado. Obviously now we need help. But we’ll get there. Our guys actually play better from behind.”

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Evening Line

“The economy is tough, and if anyone says it isn’t they’re just not being accurate”.

“We may not see the effects for a while, either. A lot of people had their spending budget in place prior to our season. We sell our seats, we sell our corporate business, and we sell our season tickets starting in July. But from July through now, the world’s been tougher on the United States. We have to really work at playing an entertaining game on the ice, having people coming to our arena and understanding that it’s an event and having fun in the building.”

-Blues President John Davidson.  More from Davidson at TSN.

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Morning Line

“I know there’s a lot of people this is going to bother, obviously. But you can’t let it stop you in your tracks. This is a good organization that’s going to work hard to overcome something like this.

“We’re not going to sit there and feel sorry for ourselves ... it doesn’t make any sense. If you feel sorry for yourselves, where do you get yourselves? We’re not going to do that. We’re going to go forward.”

-Blues President John Davidson on the year-ending injury to Erik Johnson.  More on the Blues at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch….

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Blues Re-Sign McClement, 1 Year

St. Louis Blues’ President John Davidson announced today the club has re-signed center Jay McClement to a one-year deal. 

“We are excited to have Jay in our core group of young players,” said Davidson.  “He will provide some stability and experience on the penalty kill and we are expecting his offensive numbers to improve with the more ice-time he gets.”

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Blues Trade Jamal Mayers to the Leafs

From the St. Louis Blues,

St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today the club has acquired a 2008 3rd round draft pick, 70th overall, from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for forward Jamal Mayers.

“I want to thank Jamal for everything he has done for the Blues and the city of St. Louis,” said Davidson. “We wish Jamal and his family nothing but the best in his hometown of Toronto.”

added 7:18am (Paul), from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Blues President John Davidson said the trade of Jamal Mayers late Thursday night is a precursor of something else that could happen today.

“It’s all part of us trying to put stuff together and we’re not done yet,” Davidson said. “This is the start of something ... that’s the best way of saying it. We’ve got other stuff going on, but can’t say anything because it’s not finalized. We’ll try and get that done (today).’‘

Davidson added: “I don’t want people to think we just traded Jamal Mayers for a draft pick and that’s the end of us. The more we work toward putting something else together, the more the draft pick position could become a part of (tonight’s) action. We’re working it here and we feel we’re getting close.”

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St. Louis Extends Larry Pleau to 2010

From the St. Louis Blues,

St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today the club has extended the contract of Sr. Vice President and General Manager, Larry Pleau through the 2009-10 season. Davidson also announced the club has named Doug Armstrong as Blues Vice President of Player Personnel. He will assume the General Manager duties beginning in 2010.

“Larry has been very valuable to this organization for many years,” said Davidson. “Under his watch we have locked up our young players with long term deals and continue to stockpile many up and coming prospects. Doug’s accomplishments in Dallas are quite impressive, with two Western Conference titles, two President’s Trophies and a Stanley Cup.

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Juggling Executives in St. Louis

From Jeremy Rutherford at Morning Skate at STLtoday.com,

On Wednesday, John Davidson acknowledged that the Blues are talking to Dave Nonis about joining the team’s management staff. This seemed a bit odd since Nonis, recently fired as the general manager of the Vancouver Canucks, is looking to resurface as a GM and has been linked to the vacancy in Toronto.Is Larry Pleau going somewhere? The answer is “No” and “Yes.”

Pleau, who’s been in the Blues’ GM chair for 10 years, will enter the final month of his contract in June. While it might seem that the Blues are about to relinquish Pleau of his duties or re-assign him within the organization to make room for a guy like Nonis, that is not the case. At least not yet.

Davidson says the Blues need another set of eyes in the sky.

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Blues Futures

From Jeremy Rutherford at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

[T.J.] Oshie, 21, is expected to make the opening-day roster and infuse some offensive skill on a team that finished tied for 27th in the NHL in goals last season with 205.

The Blues also announced Tuesday the signing of forward Lars Eller, the 13th overall pick in last summer’s draft. Eller will be in camp but is likely to begin next season in Peoria or in Sweden.

“This is the whole program here ... this is our future,” Blues President John Davidson said. “We need our veterans really bad next year. But the kids are going to move forward as the season goes along. It’s going to be fascinating.”

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Blues Talk

Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch did a live Q & A with John Davidson and Blues fans….

Do the blues have any interest in acquring a more experienced Goalie like Curtis Joseph to backup goaltender Manny Legace if he would go down with an injury? Thanks for your time.

Jeremy Rutherford (typing for J.D.): No. We feel stronogly about Manny finishing the season the way he’s played all season. We feel that Hannu Toivonen has earned the opportunity. He’s a great teammate. He’s above .500.

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Toivonen: Past & Future

From Jeremy Rutherford at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

“He’s a young guy, and he’s big,” Blues President John Davidson said. “He has good work habits, and he’s a good person. We expect him to be a really good goalkeeper, and he is. He’s a pup, but there’s a future there.”

It was less than eight years ago that Toivonen chose hockey over soccer, a difficult decision that changed his life for good.

“I was like 15 or 16, and there were two camps at the same time,” Toivonen said. “There was a soccer camp, the top select camp in my area, and there was a (Finnish) national team camp for hockey.

“The hockey guys basically laid it out to me. They said, ‘If you go to soccer, catch you later.’ I just decided to go to hockey. I thought I had a better chance making it as a hockey player where I was from ... because of the money and support that was being put into hockey. I don’t think I ever played a soccer game after that.”

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Hot Blues

from the CP,

The Blues, who play the Flames on Tuesday and the Oilers on Friday, are 8-1-1 in their last 10 games and playing some of the best hockey in the league right now.

“We, as a team, feel we can play with anybody,” Blues president John Davidson told The Canadian Press on Monday. “And we should feel that way. Last year we were just hoping to survive and stay in the hunt as long as we could. This year it’s different.”

The 15-8-1 Blues sit fourth in the tightly contested Western Conference, making a major statement two months into the season after missing the playoffs two straight years.

“And we’re going to be around for a long time,” said Davidson. “We’ve got eight players 24 and younger. So we’re going in the right direction. We feel good about the way we play the game, we feel good about the way we’re committed. Our team is well prepared.”

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