There’s an interesting game of poker going on right now between Blues President John Davidson and the St. Louis Blues.
The Blues are waiting to see if Davidson leaves on his own while on the other hand Davidson is probably questioning if the organization even wants him and his hefty contract to remain with the club. Any way you look at it there’s a very sensitive situation brewing.
In reality this isn’t about the Blues not wanting Davidson. It’s whether or not it makes smart business sense to have both JD and GM Doug Armstrong in place atop the hockey department. If Davidson was making $500,000 a year opposed to the $1.6 Million he made this past season then we probably aren’t having this discussion. The $1.6 Million he earned this year was less than he made in the final year of his previous five-year contract.
That’s a lot of dough for a team losing money and looking to turn the corner financially.
The Columbus Dispatch reported news of Davidson meeting with the Blue Jackets early last week. Davidson obviously has a window in his contract that allows him to explore opportunities elsewhere and he’s exercising that right. Would I be surprised if he were to take a job with the Blue Jackets? I definitely would but I guess anything is possible. If they pay him the money he’s making in St. Louis it might be hard to turn down.
Whether or not this gives Davidson leverage is certainly debatable. Will this lead to other NHL teams dialing up JD? One can only assume he’s had discussions in regard to returning to television as well.
The 30 day window will come to a close this week although it’s very possible it’s extended to allow time for both sides to reach a resolution.
There’s a growing sense that Davidson could be feeling underappreciated under the current circumstances. Sure he’s had a hand in helping the Blues turn things around but most can probably understand the financial predicament the new Ownership group is facing. Again this shouldn’t be looked at as not wanting Davidson opposed to cutting unnecessary costs. This is why you rarely see these contracts handed out before Ownership transitions are resolved.
Many have questioned whether or not Dave Checketts inking Davidson to a four-year extension was the right thing to do. I’m sure at the time of the extension Checketts was confident he would prevail and end up buying the team but any deal was a long ways away from being completed.
JD is a good man and has done some great things for the Blues. On the surface it appears those days may be numbered but the organization will surely give him a triumphant sendoff should he exit the team.
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