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Matheson explains why the hell the Blues are letting John Davidson walk

The Edmonton Journal’s Jim Matheson delivers a jam-packed Hockey World column this morning, discussing Red Fisher, the KLM line’s legacy, the Oilers’ draft leanings and Alex Radulov’s future—not necessarily mentioning that a possible return to the NHL isn’t out of the realm of possibility because his current rights-holder, Salavat Yulaev Ufa, is asking CSKA Moscow for an unheard-of $7.2 million for Radulov’s signing rights—and while I cannot say anything other than, “Open face, insert palm” regarding Matheson’s news that Georges Laraque believes he can take one more knee, I mean kick, at the NHL can, Matheson’s explanation as to why the hell the St. Louis Blues’ new owners believe that letting John Davidson go is a good idea is perhaps the most important part of his missive:

It seems almost certain that highly successful St. Louis Blues president of hockey operations John Davidson is leaving with three years left on his contract. The departure comes, in large part, because the new owners feel they’re top heavy in management people making a big buck.

Even if Davidson has talked to the Blue Jackets in Columbus, he’s had to explore other options. I just can’t see him going through another rebuild. Been there, done that in St. Louis, where he did a heck of a job restoring credibility to a franchise that was rock-bottom in 2006.

Columbus is a short trip away from his two daughters, but Calgary makes way more sense because he played junior there, and his wife’s from there. That said, would Flames majority owner Murray Edwards want to split Ken King’s job duties (business versus hockey ops), and would GM Jay Feaster want a different boss?

The big question with any Davidson move: who pays his salary? If he goes to another club, are the Blues off the hook or is there a financial deal cut with both parties? One thing’s very clear: Davidson put together a very good management team with GM Doug Armstrong, vice-president of hockey operations Al MacInnis (he’s the one who told them they had to take Alex Pietrangelo in the draft) and head of player personnel Dave Taylor. Not to mention bringing in Ken Hitchcock to coach.

I highly suggest that you Continue reading as Matheson’s Hockey World is always worth one’s time.

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DrewBehr's avatar

It is absolutely shocking to me that Radulov’s name/whereabouts/rights are talked about the same, if not more, than the likes of Parise and Weber. The guy is nothing but a selfish, overrated hockey player with a mediocre skill set. Do the Rangers really think he’ll be the solution to Gaborik’s absense. That’s insane.

Posted by DrewBehr from The Mitten on 06/10/12 at 04:31 AM ET

John's avatar

The Blues’ new owners would be idiots to let John Davidson go.  I can’t even believe they are considering it.  Probably the hardest thing to find in hockey, other than a franchise-caliber star, are really good management skills and Davidson appears to have them in spades.  If letting Davidson go is an indication of the Blues’ new owners’ business acumen, then the Blues will almost assuredly land back in cellar in a couple of seasons.

That’s just crazy.

Posted by John from Pittsburgh, PA (Wings fan for life!) on 06/10/12 at 06:11 AM ET

Primis's avatar

If letting Davidson go is an indication of the Blues’ new owners’ business acumen, then the Blues will almost assuredly land back in cellar in a couple of seasons.

My feelings exactly, and I’m not even a huge Davidson fan.  Letting a competent exec go so you can lose his salary does not bode well for how the Blues would be run.

Posted by Primis on 06/10/12 at 03:50 PM ET

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