NHL notes: From Blues to Blue Jackets?
|John Davidson (QMI Agency files)
John Davidson, who interviewed for a front-office job in Columbus in May, will meet again with Blue Jackets executives this weekend.
Davidson was let go this week as president of operations with the St. Louis Blues after six years with the team. He agreed to a buyout of the remaining three years on his contract.
The 59-year-old Ottawa native had a window in his contract that allowed him to explore other opportunities last spring, spurring the first meeting with the Blue Jackets.
If (my next stop) is Columbus, I can tell you this: That hockey club is better than the one we took over in St. Louis," Davidson told the Columbus Dispatch last week. "That (Blues) club was way, way down the ladder. But this Blue Jackets team is not that far away. There are some pieces there to work with, absolutely. They've got some real players there, boy."
WING TO PLAY IN CHL
Detroit Red Wings defenceman Kyle Quincey has signed to play with the Denver Cutthroats of the Central Hockey League during the NHL lockout.
Quincey, who was traded to Detroit from Colorado on Feb. 21, lives in Denver during the off-season.
"(Quincey is a) good friend of mine, and a real community-oriented guy," Cutthroats coach Derek Armstrong told the Denver Post.
"He wanted to give back to the community."
The signing will be announced officially Monday.
Quincey, 27, signed a two-year, $7.55-million contract with the Red Wings during the off-season. He had seven goals and 19 assists last season with Colorado and Detroit.
NOT A BANNER DAY
Los Angeles Kings fans waited 43 years for their team to win a Stanley Cup.
They'll have to wait a bit longer to see the team hang its first Stanley Cup banner.
The Kings were scheduled to hold the banner-raising Friday but the NHL lockout quashed that plan.
"We certainly feel bad for our fans, as they have been eagerly awaiting the opportunity to see us culminate our first Stanley Cup championship by raising a banner into the rafters at Staples Center," Kings president of business operations Luc Robitaille said in a Los Angeles Times story.
"We know one day this will eventually take place, and we remain hopeful that it is sooner rather than later."
Vezina Trophy winner Henrik Lundqvist has tweeted that he is heading home to Sweden to wait out the lockout. No word from the New York Rangers goalie on whether he plans to play there ... Pittsburgh Penguins defenceman Deryk Engelland has signed with Rosenborg of the Norwegian league, the same team that signed Florida Panthers forward Jack Skille on Thursday.