Found June 05, 2013 on Frozen Notes:
St. Louis Blues prospect Jori Lehtera has made his decision. The Blues' third-round selection in the 2008 NHL Draft has decided to stay in the KHL by signing a two-year deal with HC Sibir Novosibirsk, as reported by Andy Strickland.  There was some belief that Lehtera might try to make the jump to the NHL for the 2013-14 season, giving the Blues another option up the middle. This belief has been squashed for the near future as Lehtera pledges his allegiance to Europe for at least two more seasons.  Lehtera is a big center. His scouting report over at Hockey's Future accurately describes that he can bring offense to the table but that it comes at a price. He can finish at short range, but he's a poor skater and lacks defensive play. He's currently a one-way center by definition. His physical game leaves a lot to be desired. This isn't to say Lehtera's a bad player, but it leaves you wondering how he'd handle the more physical, more intense NHL co...

St. Louis Blues: Jori Lehtera’s decision to stay in KHL is big missed opportunity for Blues

While many St. Louis Blues fans are hoping that general manager Doug Armstrong is able to find a sniper who can find the back of the net, others, such as this gentleman writing this column, feel that the team’s biggest need is a play-making center. Unfortunately, play-making centers are not easy to come by and are often quite expensive, especially in a free agency year where the...

Report: Andy McDonald is retiring

ST. LOUIS -- Andy McDonald is a free agent, but he won't be testing the waters. After spending the last five-plus seasons with the Blues, the 35-year-old forward has decided to retire, according to McDonald said he was retiring because of concerns about concussions. He has had at least five concussions, including two with the Blues. He missed 51 games last season...

St. Louis Blues: Andy McDonald to retire

Many wondered what the St. Louis Blues would do this off-season regarding the free agency of the popular Andy McDonald. Now, they do not have to worry about it any longer. According to Andy Strickland of, McDonald has decided to retire, citing concussion concerns. McDonald told Strickland that the five previous concussions he suffered were always on his mind. “The...

St. Louis Blues: Jake Allen up for TSN Play of the Year award

St. Louis Blues rookie goalie Jake Allen was very impressive during his first season with the St. Louis Blues and in fact, may have saved the team’s season. When Jaroslav Halak went down to injury and when Brian Elliott was struggling early in the season, it was Allen who stepped between the pipes and stabilized the situation for the Blues between the pipes and won some very meaningful...

Andy McDonald is retiring from the NHL

Andy McDonald has played his final game in the NHL. According to Andy Strickland, McDonald is hanging up his skates due to post-concussion concerns. The veteran forward has suffered numerous concussions throughout his career and it appears he's now ready to call it quits over concerns that one more hit might have serious implications on his life after hockey.  Very few people...

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...

Pete Peeters and Andy McDonald Retire

What do Pete Peeters and Andy McDonald have in common?  Both are retiring, and both have been part of the Ducks organization. Peeters, 55, has been Anaheim's goaltending consultant since 2009, following in Francois Allaire's footsteps.  The former Vezina trophy winner (1983) chose to step away from the game that he has been part of for the past 30 years (13 as a player...

Scott Nichol retires, accepts a job with the Nashville Predators

Scott Nichol has retired from playing professional hockey and will accept a job with the Nashville Predators as the team's director of player development, as seen in a report from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Nichol, 38, was set to become an unrestricted free agent for the Blues and it seemed highly unlikely the team would give him a new deal due to the emergence of Adam Cracknell...

Andy McDonald Retires Due To Concussions by   Steven Ellis

Another sad end of a career was announced today due to concussions. Andy McDonald has called it quits. From Dec. 2010 to Feb. 2012, the St. Louis Blues forward missed 74 games due to two concussions. And now after eleven NHL seasons, McD decided it was time to just call it quits at the age of 35. McDonald [...]

Nichol named head of player development; Visors "grandfathered" in

Photo by Paul Nicholson Wednesday, the Nashville Predators announced former-Pred Scott Nichol was named Director of Player Development. Nichol played 209 games with the Predators totaling 47 points (24g, 23a). His specialty was in the faceoff dot and on the penalty kill. Nichol’s job will be to develop prospects in the organization and turn them into NHL-ready...
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