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Davidson named Rangers president after leaving Blue Jackets

FILE - In this Feb. 13, 2013, file photo, John Davidson, Columbus Blue Jackets director of hockey operations, speaks during an NHL hockey news conference in Columbus, Ohio. Davidson has resigned as the Blue Jackets president of hockey operations on Friday, May 17, 2019, after the New York Rangers requested and received permission to talk to him for a similar position.
FILE - In this Feb. 13, 2013, file photo, John Davidson, Columbus Blue Jackets director of hockey operations, speaks during an NHL hockey news conference in Columbus, Ohio. Davidson has resigned as the Blue Jackets president of hockey operations on Friday, May 17, 2019, after the New York Rangers requested and received permission to talk to him for a similar position. Eamon Queeney

John Davidson has been hired as president of the New York Rangers hours after leaving his post with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Davidson on Friday rejoined the organization he was synonymous with as a goaltender and a longtime broadcaster and will to try to turn the Rangers back into a contender. He leaves the Blue Jackets in a much better position than they were in when he took over as president of hockey operations seven years ago.

The man known affectionately as "JD" succeeds Glen Sather after the Hall of Fame executive shifted to an advisory role under owner James Dolan. Jeff Gorton remains the Rangers general manager.

Columbus GM Jarmo Kekalainen will assume Davidson's role as alternate governor, though it's unclear how the team's front office will be structured moving forward.

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