Many people may not know who John Davidson is because he is not a player for the St. Louis Blues. He is the president of the team, and he may not be returning next season.
The Blues were sold on May 9, 2012 from David Checketts to Tom Stillman. In Davidson's contract he has a clause that says he can pursue other career opportunities if there is an exchange in ownership. May 9 triggered this clause. Despite his heavy contract hit, the Blues need to pay the man to stay in the organization.
Davidson was brought into the organization in December of 2005 when the Blues were in the basement of the NHL. Davidson wasted no time in improving the front office. Al MacInnis was promoted to vice president, Dave Taylor became involved with player personnel and when GM Larry Pleau had to step down to senior adviser, Davidson made his best hiring in Doug Armstrong for the GM position.
If any one person should be credited with the rise of the Blues, it is Davidson. Davidson knew exactly who he needed in the GM positions to make the team homegrown and into contenders, even if it would take a few years.
There are currently only three players, David Backes, Roman Polak and Barrett Jackman who were drafted before Davidson became president. Since then, there are six players that receive regular playing time (T.J. Oshie, Ryan Reaves, Patrik Berglund, Ian Cole, David Perron and Alex Pietrangelo) and many others currently in the NHL or ready to come up now.
Because of these drafted players the Blues rose from the basement of the NHL in 2005 to Central Division Champs and only two points away from the President's Trophy. The team has gone from Scottrade looking as bare as a youth hockey rink to having standing room only crowds. When Davidson was hired the Blues were last in the hearts of the city. Now, they rival the Cardinals for passionate fans.
Davidson has taken the team from the ashes of the lockout and turned them into a Cup contending team. To let him walk away would be detrimental to the team. He put in all the hard work and has made the team great. Retaining Davidson could be the difference between a blip on the Cup's radar, or another 25 year playoff streak with the teams first Stanley Cup.
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