Rangers Name John Davidson Team President

May 17, 2019 - 3:26 pm
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By WFAN.com

John Davidson is coming back home.

The Rangers announced Friday they have hired Davidson, a former goalie and TV analyst for the team, as their new team president.

"I am excited and humbled to be named the President of the New York Rangers," Davidson said in a statement. "The opportunity of rejoining the Rangers organization and returning home to New York, where my family and I have spent so many wonderful years, was one I simply could not pass up."

The move came shortly after the Columbus Blue Jackets announced that Davidson had resigned as their president of hockey operations after interviewing for the Rangers' opening.

"The New York Rangers recently sought permission from our organization to speak with John Davidson about serving as their team president," the statement from team president Mike Priest said. "That permission was granted and today John has resigned his position as the president of hockey operations and alternate governor with the Columbus Blue Jackets."

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Columbus owner John P. McConnell said "the possibility of returning to his roots in New York, where he spent three decades as a player and broadcaster, is an extraordinary circumstance for him and his family."

Davidson, 66, replaces Glen Sather, who retired at the end of this past season.

A Rangers goalie in the 1970s and '80s, Davidson returns to New York with a proven track record in turning around franchises. As president of the St. Louis Blues from 2006-12, the Ottawa, Ontario, native laid the groundwork for the once-downtrodden organization to become a yearly participant in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Since Davidson took charge of Columbus' front office in October 2012, the Blue Jackets have reached the playoffs four times, including three straight years. This season, Columbus won its first-ever playoff series in a stunning sweep of the Presidents’ Trophy-winning Tampa Bay Lightning. The Blue Jackets were eliminated by the Boston Bruins in the second round.

The Rangers embarked on a rebuilding job last year and have traded away several key veterans, including Rick Nash, Ryan McDonagh, J.T. Miller, Mats Zuccarello and Kevin Hayes, at the last two deadlines in exchange for younger players and draft picks.

This past season, the Rangers went 32-36-14 (78 points), finishing only above the New Jersey Devils in the Metropolitan Division. 

"Today is the start of a new and exciting chapter in New York Rangers history," Rangers owner Jim Dolan said. "John Davidson is one of the premier executives in the National Hockey League. As we continue to build a team that can consistently compete for the Stanley Cup, John's knowledge of the game and his experience and passion for the Rangers logo make him the ideal choice to oversee our Hockey Operations department. I am thrilled to welcome 'JD' and his family home."