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07-20-2012, 02:39 AM
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Originally Posted by letmesleep View Post
Andy McDonald is our only significant UFA next off-season. Ignoring any possible changes in the CBA, what do you think it takes the Blues to retain him? How early do the Blues start talks? I'm under the impression that the Blues will do everything they reasonably can to keep Andy in St. Louis but I'm not sure what it will take.

If I had to make I guess, my bet would be a 4 year, $22 million contract with a NTC is what it takes to re-sign McDonald. Probably gets done around the All-Star Break. I think that's a fair price with the numbers McDonald puts up when he is healthy. The problem is he is a definite health risk.
Honestly I wouldn't be surprised if he retires after this season. His concussions are just getting stacked on top of each other and there was speculation he was considering retirement the last time he was out. Even if he comes back I would only expect it to be a 1 year deal.

Also, I think the Blues are projecting Schwartz to fill McDonalds role after this season

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