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John Davidson resigns as president, is expected to join New York Rangers

JD led the Jackets for seven seasons

2017 NHL Draft - Rounds 2-7 Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Columbus Blue Jackets President of Hockey Operations John Davidson has resigned, the team announced today. It has been reported that he will take the same position with the New York Rangers. Davidson played goalie for the Rangers and later served as broadcaster before starting his career as a front office official.

Prior to joining the Blue Jackets in the fall of 2012, Davidson led a turnaround of the St. Louis Blues. In Columbus, he took over the franchise at its lowest point, and since then has seen them reach the playoffs four times, including the last three seasons.

Jarmo Kekalainen will take over as alternate governor and will remain general manager.

You can read the statements from John P. McConnell and Mike Priest here.

I hate to see JD go, but wish him nothing but the best going forward. He has left a major mark on this franchise, and brought it a lot of respect within the league.