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John Davidson Rehired by Columbus Blue Jackets As President of Hockey Operations

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John Davidson has been rehired by the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Davidson returned to the New York Rangers on May 17, 2019, and two years and three days later he’s back in the job that he left to join the Blueshirts. The Rangers’ former goaltender, broadcaster, and team president was fired along with General Manager Jeff Gorton on May 5, and him landing back in Columbus isn’t surprising considering he said he’d only leave the Blue Jackets for the Rangers job.

Davidson was Columbus’ President of Hockey Operations from 2012 to 2019, and during that time the team went 285-209-46 record (.570 points percentage). The departure of JD was met with a lot of different reactions from the Rangers’ fanbase, and so far the announcement of his return has drawn a lot of praise from Blue Jackets fans.

JD will always be a Rangers legend for his playing career highlighted by an improbable run to the Stanley Cup Final, and his exemplary tenure as a broadcaster. It would have been a real good feel good story for things to have worked out with JD as team president, but that’s in the past now.