April 12, 2012; St. Louis, MO, USA; A general view of the Scottrade Center during the third period between the San Jose Sharks and the St. Louis Blues in game one of the 2012 Western Conference quarterfinals. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-US PRESSWIRE
The St. Louis Blues will head into next season with new ownership. President John Davidson may choose not to return in 2012-13.
The St. Louis Blues entered the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup playoffs as the odds-on favorites to win the Western Conference title and try for their first-ever hoisting of the ultimate prize in hockey. Things didn't work out quite so well for the team, as the regular-season powerhouse was swept out of the playoffs in the second round by the No. 8 seed Los Angeles Kings. The team will begin next season with new ownership and may have a different look from the top down.
Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Blues President John Davidson may choose to leave the team during the offseason. Davidson is in the first year of a four-year contract, but has a window to seek employment elsewhere due to ownership changing hands to a new group led by Tom Stillman.
Davidson stressed that his preference is to stay put - "We thoroughly enjoy St. Louis; it's been great to us," he said - but with the uncertainty of Stillman's plans and the window closing at a time that Davidson chose not to disclose, he may soon be checking his options.
"As of right now, Tom, who I have a lot of respect for, is deciding in his own mind how he wants to have the organization set up," Davidson said. "He bought a hockey club and he runs the business. We don't know what he's going to do. He might keep everything exactly the same. He might not keep everything exactly the same. I have no idea what he's trying to do. But that's his right because this is a major undertaking. He's trying to change the fortunes financially of this organization.
"It's Tom's team. He is a respectful person, there's no question. We talk a lot. We'll get it figured out. With the window, I have the right to do what I want to do. So we'll figure it out. It's a problem, but it's a good problem."
The Blues certainly want to build on the success they experienced in 2011-12 ... but the man at the forefront of getting them there may not be around for the next phase.