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BC-HKN--Davidson’s Departure,2nd Ld

May 17, 2019
AP Hockey Writer

John Davidson has been hired as president of the New York Rangers hours after leaving his post with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Davidson on Friday rejoined the organization he was synonymous with as a goaltender and a longtime broadcaster and will to try to turn the Rangers back into a contender. He leaves the Blue Jackets in a much better position than they were in when he took over as president of hockey operations seven years ago.

The man known affectionately as “JD” succeeds Glen Sather after the Hall of Fame executive shifted to an advisory role under owner James Dolan. Jeff Gorton remains the Rangers general manager.

Columbus GM Jarmo Kekalainen will assume Davidson’s role as alternate governor, though it’s unclear how the team’s front office will be structured moving forward.

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