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Report: Davidson to interview again in Columbus

Friday, 10.12.2012 / 11:03 AM / News

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Report: Davidson to interview again in Columbus
Former St. Louis Blues executive John Davidson reportedly is scheduled to meet with executives from the Columbus Blue Jackets this weekend.

Former St. Louis Blues executive John Davidson reportedly is scheduled to meet with executives from the Columbus Blue Jackets this weekend.

The Columbus Dispatch reports that Davidson, who officially agreed to a contract buyout from the Blues last week, is expected to have follow-up interviews with Jackets majority owner John P. McConnell and team president Mike Priest. Davidson first met with McConnell and Priest on May 29, during a contract-stipulated 30-day window he had to explore other opportunities as a result of the Blues being sold.

The Dispatch also reported that Davidson and his wife, Diana, will be given a tour of the neighborhoods in and around Ohio's capital city.

Davidson previously was the Blues' president of hockey operations, a role he held for six seasons. Under Davidson's guidance, the Blues went from a 57-point last-place team in 2005-06 to a 109-point Central Division champion that finished second in the Western Conference last season.

The Blue Jackets finished last in the NHL with 65 points last season and have made the playoffs just once since entering the NHL in 2000.

"If [my next stop] is Columbus, I can tell you this: That hockey club is better than the one we took over in St. Louis," Davidson told the Dispatch last week. "That club was way, way down the ladder. But this Blue Jackets team is not that far away. There are some pieces there to work with, absolutely. They've got some real players there, boy."

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