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Report: Rangers 'All-In' On John Davidson As Next Team President

April 19, 2019 - 3:49 pm


On Friday, the Detroit Red Wings announced that Hall of Famer Steve Yzerman has returned to Detroit to be the team’s new general manager.

Yzerman had apparently been approached by the Rangers to fill their open role of team president, according to a report from the New York Post. That report also claims that New York is now “all-in” on hiring John Davidson, the current president of the Columbus Blue Jackets, for the job.

The Rangers need a new president after Glen Sather announced earlier this month that he would be stepping down from his position. Sather had been the team’s president for nearly two full decades. He will now move into an advisory role. 

Davidson’s Blue Jackets are fresh off their opening round upset of the top-seeded Tampa Bay Lightning. Columbus swept Tampa Bay and now awaits the winner of the series between the Bruins and the Maple Leafs.


Davidson played for the Rangers back in the 1970s during his short NHL career. He has previously been the color commentator for Rangers games on MSG in 1986-87 and 2005-06.

The 66-year-old started his executive career in 2006 when he was named as the St. Louis Blues’ President of Hockey Operations. Davidson stayed in that position until 2012, when he had his contract bought out so he could become the Blue Jackets’ president later that month.

The next Rangers president will have some key decisions to make. New York has the second-overall pick in June’s NHL Draft. The team also has a solid base of young talent, and a bright young coach in David Quinn. The future should be bright, but only if the people pulling the strings make the right calls.