John Davidson will get resources as president to complete Rangers rebuild

John Davidson's directive and only goal as president of the New York Rangers is to bring a Stanley Cup championship to Madison Square Garden.

He's already been promised all the resources required to get that done.

"[Rangers owner James Dolan] said to me, basically whatever you need you're going to get," Davidson said at his introductory press conference at Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday. "Try to do it and go get it. I just was so happy to hear that because that's the attitude you need to have when you're trying to build a championship team here in New York."

Davidson witnessed how it was done and what it meant for the city in 1994, the last time the Rangers won the Stanley Cup. At that point he was in the middle of his Hall of Fame broadcasting career, calling Rangers' games on MSG Network with Sam Rosen.

Now he has 13 years of experience as an NHL executive, six as the St. Louis Blues' president of hockey operations (2006-12) and seven in the same role with the Columbus Blue Jackets (2012-19). His experience allows him to have patience, which he plans to use in New York.

Davidson said his first challenge is to assess everything in the organization, but it doesn't sound like he expects to make any drastic changes.

#hockey, #professional

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