NHL notes: Blues lose McDonald for two weeks
|Calgary Flames' Blake Comeau (L) tries to stop St Louis Blues' Andy McDonald during an NHL game in Calgary last month. (REUTERS/Todd Korol)
The St. Louis Blues will be without forward Andy McDonald for at least the next two weeks.
McDonald, who has played just 21 games this season due to injuries, was hurt when he was shoved into the boards Thursday by Carolina Hurricanes forward Tuomo Ruutu. He has been listed as week-to-week with a "shoulder contusion" and will be reevaluated in two weeks.
No penalty was called on the play but the Blues weren't impressed and were clearly hopeful the league would review the hit.
"I didn't like the hit," Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said. "I thought the hit was certainly a penalty, whether it's a suspension or not, who knows? But that's what's wrong with our game. The player was in a vulnerable position. He knocked his stick to knock him off balance and then pushed him hard into the boards. It's a real tough play in hockey."
McDonald, 34, missed a big chunk of the season with a concussion. Since he's come back, though, he's been playing well, recording nine goals and 10 assists.
Jaden Schwartz, the Blues' first-round pick in 2010, will make his NHL debut Saturday against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
HALL OF FAMERS?
Anaheim Ducks enforcer George Parros and Philadelphia Flyers forward James van Riemsdyk are going into the Hall of Fame.
The New Jersey High School Hockey Hall of Fame, that is.
Parros and van Riemsdyk will be inducted into the Hall Sunday during a ceremony at the Prudential Center. Parros played at Delbarton School in Morristown, N.J., before going to Princeton while van Riemsdyk is the pride of Christian Brothers in Lincroft.
"I'm definitely honored to be inducted," Parros told NHL.com. "I still have fond memories playing high school hockey for Delbarton "¦ this is where I played most of my hockey when I was young. I was at a reception for Delbarton alumni recently and it was great seeing everyone again "¦ it's definitely close to my heart out here."
Van Riemsdyk agreed.
"It's pretty cool to be inducted in the same class "¦ he's had a great career and I've heard a lot of great things about him as a person off the ice," he said.
GIBSON SET TO QUACK
The Anaheim Ducks signed Kitchener Rangers goaltender John Gibson to a three-year, entry-level contract Thursday.
Gibson, a second-round pick of the Ducks in 2011, is tied for the Canadian Hockey League lead in save percentage and has a record of 20-10-3 in 31 games this season. He is second among rookie goalies in the OHL with a 2.81 goals-against average.
Also, Plymouth Whalers goalie has reportedly signed an entry-level deal with the New Jersey Devils while Whalers teammate Austin Levi has inked a three-year entry-level contract with the Carolina Hurricanes.
The Winnipeg Jets signed Oshawa Generals defenceman Julian Melchiori to an entry-level deal as well.