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 TrueHockey.com.
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 due to a concussion suffered Oct. 13.
"The last few years, too much of the focus became worrying about the next hit," he told TrueHockey.com. "I was always thinking about it."
McDonald told TrueHockey.com that he started thinking about retirement during the regular season but did not make a firm decision until after the Los Angeles Kings had eliminated the Blues in the first round of the playoffs.
"I'm fortunate to get out now," he said. "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 played in 683 NHL games in an 11-ye...