Like Jason said, it means Kekalainen is now officially a Blue Jackets representative for matters pertaining to the League's Board of Governors (the people who make the decisions). Davidson was usually that person – the main governor is typically the owner – and now you can expect to see Kekalainen at the table for most BOG meetings on behalf of the organization.
This is one thing we probably will never know much more about – at least not while Tortorella is around. The players/coaches made it clear in those early meetings that everything would be handled in the room, and it would stay there.
For reference, the Blue Jackets bought two years of UFA when they signed Seth Jones.
It will definitely need to be part of their identity if they’re to have success next year. As you said: this team is going to look a lot different, for better or worse.
Bingo, Matt. It didn’t seem like they were totally ready for how they’d need to play against Boston.