Report: John Davidson and New York Rangers mutually agreed to part ways; views David Quinn as coaching candidate for Blue Jackets

John Davidson was re-introduced as the President of Hockey Operations with the Columbus Blue Jackets. At his presser, he of course was asked about being dismissed by the New York Rangers.

John Davidson and New York Rangers mutually agreed to part ways

The ever classy Davidson did not want to get into his leaving New York too much. He explained how he had some options, including retiring but wanted to go back to Columbus. When asked about the timetable of his dismissal from the Rangers he noted that there were several conversation with owner, James Dolan.

“I had a respectful conversation with James Dolan,” JD said. “We decided to part ways.” There wasn’t much more than that with regards to his departure. What you can take away from his comments is that Dolan must have brought his views about the hockey club forward and JD didn’t agree. Ergo the decision to part ways.

John Davidson views David Quinn as a potential coaching candidate

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Jan 6, 2019; Glendale, AZ, USA; New York Rangers head coach David Quinn looks on during the first period against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Colin Stephenson of Newsday asked JD if he felt recently released Rangers coach was a candidate for the Blue Jackets job. Davidson praised Quinn’s character and his work with the Blueshirts. He also said that Columbus wouldn’t be doing their due diligence if they didn’t consider all coaches.

Both Davidson and Quinn are presented by the same agency, the Montag Group.

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Anthony Scultore has been covering the New York Rangers and the NHL since 2014. His work also appears at YardBarker, and MSN. Features have been linked on Sportsnet, NBC, TFP, NY POST, NEWSDAY and more.