The St. Louis Blues signed center Andy McDonald to a four year, $18 million contract on Monday as the Blues avoid losing McDonald to free agency and continue to build for the future.

McDonald came over in a trade for Doug Weight to Anaheim and played 49 games last year.  This season he played in 16 before fracturing his ankle.  He may suit up tonight when the Blues play Vancouver.

McDonald is a player the Blues want to have around and when he’s healthy, he’s valuable.  In his 16 games this year he had six goals and 12 assists.