St. Louis Blues forward Andy McDonald on Thursday announced his retirement from the NHL.
McDonald, 35, has 489 points in 685 games with the Anaheim Ducks and Blues, but concussion issues have plagued him over the years. "I'm fortunate to get out now," McDonald told Andy Strickland of the website TrueHockey.com. "I know I could play two or three more years and I love the game of hockey, but health-wise I know I shouldn't be playing." McDonald spent the past six seasons with the Blues, and had 21 points in 37 regular-season games, but was held without a point in the Blues' first-round playoff loss to the Los Angeles Kings.
Source: NHL.com 06/6/13, 12:16 pm EST
McDonald appears to be in tonight. Playing on line with Sobotka and Tarasenko.
McDonald missed Sunday's game vs Detroit with the flu.
McDonald (flu) is 50-50 for tomorrow, according to Hitch. #stlblues
Monitor his status after the Blues morning skate.
Andy McDonald is out with the flu. #stlblues
Kris Russell will play at forward in McDonald's place.
Source: Lou Korac 04/7/13, 8:27 am EST
From what I saw, Andy McDonald not skate in warm ups. Kris Russell skated as a forward in the line drills
No word on why McDonald is not on the ice. It does not appear as if he will play this afternoon.
Looks like McDonald is ready to return Tuesday. #stlblues
McDonald hasn't played since February 23rd because of a knee injury. He has been injury prone throughout his career, so while he is a good player he is always an injury risk. He has 11 points in 18 games this season.
Hitch said McDonald & Tarasenko will be evaluated in the morning to see where they are, leaving the door open for possible return Saturday.
McDonald missed the Blues last nine games with a knee injury. He has had a hard time staying healthy in his career so there is no surprise he is having another injury plagued season. It sounds like he could return tomorrow, but we won't know until after tomorrow's morning skate at the earliest.
Source: Lou Korac 03/15/13, 10:42 am EST
GM Armstrong said it's possible that both McDonald (knee) and Steen (shoulder) return on upcoming home stand.
The Blues have home games Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday of this week so it sounds like McDonald will be back soon.
Andy McDonald has been placed on IR with a left knee injury.
McDonald got tangled up with Alex Steen in practice yesterday and left the ice without putting any weight on his left leg. He has been placed on IR today with no timetable for his return.
McDonald missed last night's scrimmage with the flu, is on the ice this morning.
Looks like McDonald will be ready for the season opener Saturday against the Red Wings. He is a gamble in fantasy leagues because he's had a hard time staying healthy throughout his career.
David Backes wearing yellow with Alex Steen & Andy McDonald.
McDonald looks to continue his production with Backes after being paired with Berglund for much of the playoffs.
Source: Lou Korac 04/30/12, 10:39 am EST
Today's lines: 10-21-57
Expect McDonald to slot back into the lineup on the second line. He has nine goals and 19 points in 21 games.
Source: Lou Korac 03/30/12, 9:45 am EST
McDonald not playing tonight, but will play Saturday. #stlblues
Put McDonald back into your lineup on Saturday. He has nine goals and 19 points in 21 games.
He could return at some point this week but not tonight. McDonald has nine goals and 19 points in 21 games.
Andy McDonald & Matt D'Agostini are skating. #stlblues
He could return at some point this week; possibly tonight. McDonald has nine goals and 19 points in 21 games.
Source: Lou Korac 03/27/12, 8:00 am EST
McDonald, Steen and D'Agostini all wearing regular jerseys today.
Sounds like all three players have been cleared for contact which indicates they can return soon. McDonald has nine goals and 19 points in 21 games.
Red (no contact) line back on the ice today: Steen, McDonald and D'Agostini. #stlblues
McDonald skating is a good sign even though he is expected to miss a few more games. His next step would clearly be to take contact and take line rushes.
McDonald, Steen, & D'Agostini all on ice in red jersey today.
McDonald skating is a good sign even though he is expected to miss a few more games. His next step would clearly be to take contact and return to practice.
Ken Hitchcock repeated the description that McDonald is "week to week" with the severe shoulder injury. He'll return with the team to St. Louis tonight, and he'll be re-evaluated at the start of the week to determine if he can travel with the team to the West Coast
Don't expect McDonald to play for at least a week as the team hopes to rest him for the playoffs. The oft-injured forward has nine goals and 19 points in 21 games.
Blues GM Doug Armstrong said Andy McDonald has a right shoulder injury and will be reevaluated in 2 weeks #stlblues
Don't expect McDonald to play tomorrow as the team hopes to rest him for the playoffs. The oft-injured forward has nine goals and 19 points in 21 games.