JD Decision Expected Soon
It may be only a matter of days before John Davidson decides his future as a St. Louis Blues executive.
Davidson is exploring all options before making any formal announcement.
He recently volunteered some information in his contract including an exclusive window in which he can option out of his deal. The window opened the day Tom Stillman purchased the club and is expected to close early next month.
Davidson tells me he feels he has options which include working for another NHL club, going back into television, or even semi-retiring.
With rumors swirling in Calgary Davidson tells me he’s yet to speak to anyone affiliated with the Flames organization. With deep roots in the Calgary area many believe it would be a destination he would strongly consider.
On the surface it appears Davidson’s days with St. Louis are numbered. The fact he’s considering his options have most believing he’ll choose to opt out of his deal. Davidson confirmed it’s his decision to make as the terms of the contract don’t allow the team to walk away.
With that being said the team is losing money and will likely look cut costs in several areas of the organization.
With three years remaining on a four-year deal Davidson is taking his time before announcing his plans. How much compensation he’ll be owed should he step away is a little unclear.
The Blues announced Davidson’s extension last May which came at an interesting time when you consider the team was for sale. Davidson tells me the contract was agreed to when Checketts was still trying to buy the club and prior to him being forced to sell.
The team had missed the playoffs four out of the last five years before finishing this season with the second most points in franchise history. The Blues lost to Los Angeles in the second round of the playoffs.
There is a mutual respect between Stillman and Davidson but with Checketts no longer in the picture it may serve as motivation for the two to part ways.
Davidson was the face of the franchise early in the Checketts era and immediately became a very popular figure in the St. Louis sports scene. Only recently has he become less visible and taken a back seat to GM Doug Armstrong. He’d be a good fit for any organization looking to reenergize a sagging fanbase in need of a facelift.
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