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Andy McDonald Planning To Retire From Hockey

from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Blues veteran Andy McDonald plans to retire from the NHL due to concussion concerns.

McDonald, 35, was set to become an unrestricted free agent later this month.

"When the season was initially over, I was intending on playing again," McDonald said. "I was motivated by the results of the season and how I struggled. That was almost driving me to come back and play again. But after stepping back and talking it over with my wife and my family and my friends, it became pretty clear that this is the right decision and the best thing for my health."

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Blues Injury Report

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced the club has placed forward Andy McDonald on Injured Reserve today.  McDonald is listed as week-to-week after suffering a left knee injury during practice yesterday at St. Louis Mills.  In addition, the Blues have listed forward Alex Steen as day-to-day with an upper body injury.  Steen was also injured during yesterday’s practice.

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Afternoon Line

“I just think you watch a game and is it really better than it was a year or two years ago? Is there less head shots? Certainly the playoffs this year has been a revelation that not much has changed. Guys are still targeting the head and really putting other players in danger and at risk for serious injury. And that’s frustrating for a player that’s gone through a significant amount of time with that type of injury.”

-Andy McDonald of the St. Louis Blues via Pierre LeBrun of ESPN where you can read more on this topic.

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Andy McDonald Listed As Week-To-Week

via Jeremy Rutherford tweet,

Per Hitchcock, McDonald (shoulder) is being listed as week to week. Expected to be available for playoffs.

If you missed the hit on McDonald last night, you can view it here.

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Video- Hitchcock Unhappy With Ruutu Hit On McDonald

from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Blues left winger Andy McDonald suffered a right shoulder injury in the second period of Thursday’s 2-0 loss in Carolina and did not return.

“He has a shoulder injury ... we’ll evaluate him tomorrow,” Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said.

McDonald was hit by Carolina’s Tuomu Ruutu and crashed awkwardly into boards with about 6 minutes, 15 seconds remaining in the period. He lay on the ice briefly before rising to his feet and heading to the locker room.

Blues captain David Backes gave Ruutu a push after the play. There was no penalty called, much to Hithcock’s unsatisfaction.

“I didn’t like the hit,” Hitchcock “I thought the hit was certainly a penalty, whether it’s a suspension or not, who knows? But that’s what’s wrong with our game. The player was in a vulnerable position. He knocked his stick to knock him off balance and then pushed him hard into the boards. It’s a real tough play in hockey.”

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Video- Andy McDonald Returns Tonight After Missing 51 Games With Concussion

If McDonald can find his game quickly, it would help the Blues where they need the help the most, offensive production.

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Blues Place McDonald On IR

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today that forward Andy McDonald has been placed on injured reserve due to a concussion.  McDonald suffered the injury at the end of the second period on Oct. 13 in Dallas.

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Andy McDonald Suffers Head Injury

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today that forward Andy McDonald will return to St. Louis after suffering a head injury at the end of the second period last night in Dallas.  McDonald will be further evaluated by Dr. Rick Wright.

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Blues Extend McDonald

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today that forward Andy McDonald has signed a four-year contract extension.

“St. Louis Blues ownership and myself realize how integral Andy is to the future of our organization,” said Davidson. “He’s a first line center who will play a major role in the development of our team.”

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Andy McDonald Out With Fractured Leg

from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Center Andy McDonald, who leads the club with 18 points, suffered a fractured left leg in the first period Sunday against Montreal and will be out indefinitely….

“Andy has been, to this point in the season, our best player,” Blues coach Andy Murray said. “Nobody feels sorry for us. (But) we battled one of the better teams in the league right to the end with the lineup we had tonight. So, give our guys credit, we’ll find a way.”

more on the game last night…

added 2:12pm, via Norm Sanders of the News-Democrat,

After originally reporting Andy McDonald’s injury as a broken leg, the St. Louis Blues on Monday confirmed the veteran center has a broken left ankle and figures to miss at least two months.

added 6:38pm,

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today that forward Andy McDonald is expected to miss the next eight weeks due to a fractured left leg.

After an MRI was performed by Blues team doctors in St. Louis, it was determined that surgery will not be required.

 

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Blues Make The Right Move

from Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

The McDonald addition was enormous. It was just the latest in a series of strong moves, which included the acquisitions of forward Brad Boyes and goaltender Hannu Toivonen from the Bruins and the signing of collegiate free agent defenseman Steve Wagner.

These moves accomplished Davidson’s goals of getting younger while pushing into playoff contention. Meeting these goals simultaneously is tough, but this regime is making it happen.

Davidson and Pleau are positioned to make another move, too, since the Blues have top defensive prospects Wagner and Roman Polak at Peoria and seven healthy veterans on the St. Louis roster.

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Trade Helps Both Sides

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

...the fact that the Ducks opted to trade McDonald, a centre, as opposed to a defenceman such as Sean O’Donnell or Shane Hnidy or Mathieu Schneider, did come as something of a surprise.

Some may look at the trade and decide that the Ducks aren’t as good now with Weight as they were with McDonald.

Fair enough, that is not an illogical face-value assessment, even though McDonald’s numbers are way down this season.

But in the grand scheme of things, this McDonald trade is precisely what the doctor ordered for the Ducks and will help the organization in ways you don’t immediately see.

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Now, if you believed Corey Perry was going to be moved, or there was even some talk of him being moved, then you probably should not be reading this.  Go back to the drama queen channel, you may find something you like there.

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Anaheim - St. Louis—Andy McDonald for Doug Weight

From TSN

Doug Weight is on his way to the West coast as the Blues have traded the playmaker to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for Andy McDonald.

Update 7:43pm ET: (edited at 7:54pm)
From the St. Louis Blues:

St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today the team has acquired forward Andy McDonald from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for Doug Weight, Michal Birner and a 7th round draft choice in 2008.

“We’re excited to add a top caliber forward to our hockey team,” said Davidson. “Doug is a true professional and we would like to thank him and his wife Allison for the time and dedication they have provided to the St. Louis Blues.”

Update 8:01pm ET:
From the Anaheim Ducks,

“Andy McDonald has been a great contributor for us over the last few seasons, and we thank him for the tremendous work ethic and character he brought to our club,” said Executive Vice President/General Manager Brian Burke. “At the same time, we are pleased to add one of the most dynamic passers in the NHL today with Doug Weight. His production and leadership during his NHL and international career speak for themselves.”

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*Credit to a post yesterday by Ericnut at HF Boards, for apparently putting this deal online 24 hours before anyone else. Nice job.

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No Kidding- Ducks Miss Semi-Retired Duo

from Mark Whicker of the OC Register,

Losing Niedermayer and Selanne, which would be roughly comparable to Detroit losing Nicklas Lidstrom and Henrik Zetterberg, sends ripples through the roster and diminishes everyone else. Few have been more disadvantaged than McDonald.

“Absolutely, it’s frustrating,” he said at Wednesday morning’s skate. “There have been a lot of different combinations, which is the coach’s prerogative and something you have to try to do to turn things around.

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