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.
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.