This isn’t really Flames news, but in the barren desert of the on-going lock-out, we’ll take just about anything…
The Columbus Blue Jackets announced recently they have hired John Davidson as their President of Hockey Operations. Davidson had been connected to both the Blue Jackets and Flames since it was revealed he’d be leaving the St. Louis Blues during the summer.
The Ottawa native played a lot of his minor hockey in Calgary and is said to be very fond of the city, which is why he was connected to Calgary via various rumors. He also seemed like a natural fit in the organization, potentially shunting Ken King to a more marketing/operations overseer, leaving Feaster and Davidson to take on the hockey side of things.
Unfortunately, for whatever reason, Davidson now lands in Columbus to help get the BJ’s over the proverbial hump, much like he did in St. Louis with the Blues. Apparently he noted the team needed to "keep pucks out of the net" during his presser, so he’s off to a good start…
Not at all Flames related, but the Islanders are moving to the Barclays center in Brooklyn starting 2015 (assuming there is hockey by then, of course). The team will apparently keep the "New York Islanders" moniker.
Barclay’s only has a capcity of about 14,000 and change – not that that has been a concern for the Islanders for some time. That said, If the team ever lifts itself out of the basement, they’re going to want to expand that ticket base somehow.