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03-26-2013, 02:29 PM
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St. Louis Blues - Florida Panthers

The St. Louis Blues and Florida Panthers have agreed to a trade which will send defenseman Brian Campbell and center Shawn Matthias to St. Louis in exchange for veteran C/LW Andy McDonald, prospect defenseman Ian Cole, and St. Louis' 1st round draft pick in 2013.

The key to the deal for St. Louis is not just Campbell being the left handed, top pairing defenseman they had been seeking, but the fact that the Florida Panthers will be paying 50% of the remaining value of his contract. Campbell, who makes $7.143MM per season, will collect half of that from Florida, and the remaining half from his new club, the St. Louis Blues.

Veteran forward Andy McDonald was set to become an unresticted free agent at the end of the year, and didn't seem to be a fixture in St. Louis' plans moving forward.

Brian Campbell
Shawn Matthias

Andy McDonald
Ian Cole
STL 2013 1st Rd Pick

Management was unavailable for comment, as the Blues are said to be working on other trade opportunities, and hope to acquire a few more pieces to aid them in their quest for a Stanley Cup.

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