Davidson close to deal with Blue Jackets

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John Davidson’s long flirtation with the Columbus Blue Jackets is reportedly about to pay off.

Aaron Portzline of The Columbus Dispatch says the two sides are close to signing off on a deal that will make Davidson the President of Hockey Operations.

Portzline also reports general manager Scott Howson, assistant GM Chris MacFarland, and senior adviser of hockey operations Craig Patrick will retain their jobs with the team. The catch here is that Davidson will be the boss of all three guys.

As you might remember, Davidson was allowed to look for a new job when Tom Stillman bought the St. Louis Blues and the one team he gravitated towards immediately was Columbus. He’ll have his hands full in trying to help turn the Jackets around as they’ve made the playoffs just once in team history.