NHL Rumors: John Davidson back in Columbus, Red Wings trade buzz, and no big changes for Canucks

Red Wings trade buzz is all about making the right kind of deals this summer. The Columbus Blue Jackets welcome back John Davidson, and no big changes for the Vancouver Canucks? Let’s get to today’s NHL Rumors!

Red Wings trade buzz

Steve Yzerman was asked at his exit meeting with the media about trades for the offseason. The Red Wings GM was adamant that they would be open to making deals but it has to fall inline with their current team. Players who fit the core of the team like Dylan Larkin and Tyler Bertuzzi.

“In general, I don’t think it makes a lot of sense for us to be trading draft picks and prospects for players that might not be here in three, four, five years,” he said. “So if we are able to do something with some of our future assets, I’d certainly be willing to do that, but I would look to add younger players that are going to fit with the core group of those guys — which are basically, you look at Dylan Larkin, (Jakub) Vrana, Tyler Bertuzzi. They’re roughly in that 26-or-under range. (To) get players that fit with that group, I’d certainly be interested in that.

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I expect the Red Wings will be involved for either Jack Eichel or Patrik Laine if he becomes available.

John Davidson back with the Blue Jackets

When John Davidson was fired, I said that he and Jeff Gorton would be unemployed for all of about 10 minutes. So maybe, I was exaggerating but you people got my point. Here we are after 13 days of being dismissed and JD is back leading the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Brian Hedger of the Columbus Dispatch broke the story late last night.

Multiple sources indicated to the Dispatch on Wednesday that Davidson, the Jackets’ former president of hockey operations for seven years, will be re-hired to his former position in the near future, perhaps as soon as Thursday. 

Columbus Dispatch

This will be a busy summer for Columbus. They have to hire a new coach with John Tortorella’s departure and revamp the lineup. JD’s first order of business is to make sure that Columbus locks up Seth Jones for the long run. His mere presence back with the organization will help that.


No big changes for the Canucks

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Feb 8, 2021; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Vancouver Canucks head coach Travis Green watches the play during the third period against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Scotiabank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

There are a lot of questions surrounding the Canucks this offseason but GM Jim Benning does not appear to be one of them. He will be back with the club next season and may have the Sedin Twins helping him out.


As for head coach Travis Green, he wants to be back with the team behind the bench. “I will stand by what I’ve said that I want to continue to catch the team,” he said on Sportsnet650. “I hope we get something done.”