Puck Daddy broke the news that John Davidson worked out his release from the St. Louis Blues. This is an unprecedented opportunity to add known, bona fide hockey talent to the front office. While its popular to bash Doug MacLean in these parts for the job he did as President and General Manager, one thing that Doug did exceptionally well was to be an effective front man for the organization. John Davidson, a former TV hockey announcer, has the ability to take this to a new level. While I will get to the issue of general performance in a bit, it can truly be said that Mike Priest, Scott Howson, and Craig Patrick cannot be effective front men for the organization in the public eye. They all have their individual strengths, but that role is not among them.
Indulge me for a moment while I shout again. HEY! NATIONWIDE!! NEW MINORITY OWNER!! YOU ADVERTISE YOUR PRODUCT BY HIRING EFFECTIVE REPRESENTATIVES!! JOHN DAVIDSON FITS THAT ROLE!! Sorry. I was carrying on a conversation with one of our minority owners. Ahem.
John Davidson was a goalie for the New York Rangers when Craig Patrick became GM. Those two go WAY back. This is an opportunity to significantly upgrade the 'hockey smarts' department in our executive leadership. Mike Priest, you did your job. We have a lockout, but the team is not now paying for the arena. Well done laddie. Time to move up into an upper level job at Worthington Steel. Now its time to hand the reins to a hockey man. John Davidson has the experience to be a president of the organization, and the personal weight to carry off the role of face of the organization. Mike, you did a great job as a successful business man working in the back rooms of Columbus. But now its time to move on.
Craig Patrick and Scott Howson make an effective team, as Howson is a good, younger guy, to take Patrick's overall hockey knowledge and put it to work. This is an opportunity to grow that level of 'hockey smarts' at the executive level by more than a third. Excuse me while I indulge in a bit more shouting.
THIS TYPE OF OPPORTUNITY DOES NOT COME ALONG OFTEN!! TAKE ADVANTAGE OF IT NOW!!
Use the money you are saving to hire John Davidson. Remember this Mr. McConnell. You need someone to explain to the hockey fans in Columbus why the All-Star Game has been canceled. Do you really want Scott Howson or Mike Priest to handle this job? What ever money John Davidson commands is well worth the expenditure for this moment.
Sorry for all the shouting folks. For a hard luck franchise, this is an opportunity of a life time. Recognizing the opportunity is one thing. That's our job. Capitalizing on it is up to the organization. Its time to show you can Get 'er Done!