John Davidson has left his post as president of hockey operations for the Blues, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
The move isn’t unexpected. When Tom Stillman bought the Blues in May, there was talk that Davidson, along with his hefty salary, could end up on the chopping block as part of cost-cutting measures.
The Post-Dispatch reports Davidson accepted a buyout offer from the club. (Three years and $6 million remained on his contract.)
It’s not known what he’ll do next. The 59-year-old said in May that, if he left the Blues, he could take another front-office job (he’s been linked to the Calgary Flames and Columbus Blue Jackets.)
He also said he could end up back in broadcasting or just retire.
When Davidson joined the Blues in the summer of 2006, the club had just posted the worst record in the NHL and stood 27th in league attendance, averaging just 14,213 per game.
Last year, the Blues finished third overall and average attendance was 18,809.
The Arizona Coyotes have returned Dylan Strome to the Erie Otters of the OHL.
Strome, 18, was the third overall pick in the 2015 NHL draft.
The 6’3, 185 pounder was hoping to stick with the Coyotes this season, but the team decided to take the conservative approach with their top prospect.
Strome will look to build off an incredible junior season that saw him score 45 goals and 129 points in 68 games.
Strome seems to be taking the demotion in stride.
The team also announced that they’ve assigned goaltender Louis Domingue and forward Matthias Plachta to their AHL affiliate in Springfield.
Domingue, 23, had a 1-2-1 record with a 2.73 goals-against-average and a .911 save percentage in seven games last season.
Plachta, a free agent signing, will begin his first pro season in North America. The 24-year-old had 14 goals and 35 points in the German League last season.
The Red Wings have placed Pavel Datsyuk, Darren Helm, Danny DeKeyser and Alexey Marchenko on injured reserve.
Placing these players on I.R. opens up four more roster spots for Detroit.
The Red Wings have suffered an incredibe amount of injuries heading into the season.
Datsyuk (ankle) is expected to be out until November.
DeKeyser (foot) is going to miss three-to-four weeks, while Helm (concussion) and Marchenko (lower-body) are considered day-to-day.
The team also announced that they have reduced their training camp roster to 27 players on Sunday.
Top prospect Dylan Larkin remains in camp for now.
Coach Jeff Blashill told reporters that the 19-year-old has looked good, but a final decision hasn’t been made on where he will play this year.
As for Larkin, he’s just fed up of living in a hotel.
“There’s been so much speculation and so many questions, and no one really knows,” said Larkin. “Maybe the coaches know, but just to find out where I’ll be living or what’s happening — I’m kind of sick of the hotel. It would be nice to know what’s going on.”