The Columbus Blue Jackets named former New York Rangers goaltender and television analyst John Davidson as the team’s president after posting the National Hockey League’s worst record last season.
Davidson, 59, spent the past six years in the same role with the St. Louis Blues, helping guide the team last season to a 49-22-11 mark, the best in the Western Conference’s Central Division. The Blues had the fewest points in the NHL the season before Davidson’s hiring.
After the Blues were eliminated from this year’s playoffs by the Stanley Cup-champion Los Angeles Kings in the second round, the Blues bought out the remainder of Davidson’s contract.
The Blue Jackets finished last season with a league-worst 29-46-7 record and have qualified for the playoffs once since joining the NHL in 2000.
An NHL goaltender from 1973 to 1983 for the Blues and Rangers, Davidson had been lead analyst for Rangers games on Madison Square Garden Network since 1986 before taking the management job with the Blues. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame as a broadcaster in 2009.
The NHL’s 2012-13 season is in jeopardy of being canceled with the league and its players in the midst of a labor dispute. No talks are scheduled after the league rejected three contract proposals from the NHL Players’ Association on Oct. 18.