Former New York Ranger goaltender turned Blue Jackets President has resigned from his duties in Columbus and should be announced as President of the New York Rangers sometime next week.
As a player, he spent parts of eight seasons with the Blueshirts, amounting to 93 total wins. He was also a big-time fan favorite after having to stand in between the pipes after the great Ed Giacomin once he was traded to Detroit in 1975. He also became a broadcaster with the Rangers once his playing career over, which made his time in New York span over three decades. Having the playing experience in New York and being under the bright lights of MSG, he knows what it takes to be great in this city.
Davidson was also the spearhead of the team that took down the Tampa Bay Lightning in the first round of this season’s NHL playoffs, acquiring Matt Duchene from Ottawa just before the deadline, which helped them get the last Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference.
Having the relationship he does with players that have expiring contracts in Columbus (Artemi Panarin and Duchene), as well as the number two overall pick in June’s draft and a boatload of money to spend, Jeff Gorton and the Rangers are handing the team over to JD with the potential to bring this team back to playoff and dare I say Cup contention.
John Davidson, welcome back to New York. Please do not mess this up.