Election season may be over, but there was at least one town hall meeting being held in Ohio on Monday night.
Columbus Blue Jackets season ticket holders were given the chance to pose their questions to new President of Hockey Operations John Davidson in a meeting held at their own “town hall”, Nationwide Arena. The focus of the meeting was Davidson’s vision for the team, and he emphasized that with the current roster and their crop of prospects, he’s confident that the Blue Jackets will become serious contenders under his watch.
Davidson was asked some very good questions by the fans, including how he would entice free agents to play for the Blue Jackets.
“I think this is a great city. II think this is a great sports city,” Davidson said. “There are great fans here and I think the facility here is fantastic. I want to make sure that I stamp everywhere I go that we’re as good as anyone else in this 30-team league, and why should we take a back seat to anybody?”
Also taking questions was Blue Jackets head coach Todd Richards, who told fans that he is looking forward to working with the team. “I want to be a fast team,” he said. “We want to be quick in transition and I want to be on the attack and go back for pucks. One of the great things LA did last year that allowed them to win the Cup was that when pucks were dumped into their zone, they had a plan.”
Davidson was brought to the organization in October to bring the Blue Jackets from the depths of one of the worst seasons in franchise history. He turned the St. Louis Blues from bottom-dwelling team to making the 2012 postseason, and hearing his plans firsthand gave fans hope that he can do the same in Columbus.