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“You build it one brick at a time,” Davidson said, drawing a parallel between building a team and the brick facade of Nationwide Arena. “That’s the only way to go. That’s what’s going to happen here.”
Davidson said he is intrigued by the Blue Jackets, who traded the club’s most recognizable and dependable commodity this summer, Rick Nash. The Blue Jackets are young with a promising list of defensemen but big questions in net and when it comes to scoring.
Whenever the current lockout ends, Davidson likely will build around blue-liners Jack Johnson, James Wisniewski and Fedor Tyutin and forwards Derick Brassard, R.J. Umberger and Ryan Johansen. The goalies are Steve Mason and Sergei Bobrovsky.
Columbus traded Nash, the franchise’s scoring, goals and games leader in addition to being captain, to the New York Rangers in July for forwards Brandon Dubinsky and Artem Anisimov and defenseman Tim Erixon and a first-round draft pick. The Blue Jackets have three first-round draft picks next summer.
“The draft is huge for this club this year,” Davidson said. “Just huge.”
The problems that Davidson will face in Columbus are not unlike what he encountered when he first arrived in St. Louis. The Blues were last in the NHL in 2005-06 with 56 points but have gradually become one of the league’s top teams. This past season, they lost in the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs to eventual champion Los Angeles.
Davidson first met with the Blue Jackets in May because his Blues contract permitted him to look elsewhere when it became clear that St. Louis management would undergo a shakeup. A week after his buyout was finalized in October, Davidson met with the Blue Jackets and reportedly came away impressed.
A native of Ottawa, Ontario, raised in Calgary, Alberta, Davidson spent 10 years in the NHL with the Blues and Rangers. He had a career mark of 123-124-39, leading the Rangers to the Stanley Cup Finals in 1979.
After his playing days came to an end, Davidson became a popular NHL television analyst on several networks and stations. He received the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award for outstanding contributions as a hockey broadcaster and was officially inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2009.
He said he had a message for the fans. The club drew 14,660 per game last season, although there are signs due to the team’s losing ways and, now, the lockout that some have reached the end of their patience with the team and the league.
“I know the fans, as in St. Louis, you get frustrated. That’s totally understandable,” Davidson said. “But if they see how we’re going to work our way through this and be a very hard-working, honest, no-shortcut team — stay with us and we’ll bring you something you’re going to be very proud of.”
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