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Centre T.J. Oshie has been skating with the St. Louis Blues and is working his way back into the team's lineup. The updates are not so encouraging for teammates Andy McDonald and David Perron.

Blues' president of hockey operations general manager John Davidson said Monday Oshie is "getting close" to playing again since suffering a broken ankle in early November. As for McDonald and Perron, both out with concussions, there is still no indication when either forward will be able to skate again, let alone play.

"Who knows?" Davidson insisted. "When and if they get cleared, they haven't been skating for so long they'll have to work themselves into game condition. Both have made progress and slipped back, made progress and slipped back."

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Davidson said physicians have told McDonald and Perron not to exercise and get their heart rate up. "(The doctors) don't want you watching TV, on computers, texting, anything where you use your brain. It's the world of the unknown."

Perron, a 20-goal scorer last season, was hit by the San Jose Sharks' Joe Thornton in early November and was able to finish the game and even score a goal. Thornton received a two-game suspension for the hit.

"If the NHL knew the severity of Perron's injury, it would have been a longer (suspension)," said Davidson. "There was a lot of talk that David was faking his injury. He came back and scored the winner (that night). The next day we flew to Boston and he was okay. The next day on game day he was out for 40 seconds and had to get off.

"There are lessons to be learned here."

Asked what lessons the NHL is learning, especially after Sidney Crosby called for a crack down on head shots following his concussion, Davidson said rules should always be open to discussion and adjustment and agreed that had to happen.

"We have to protect the players because they don't protect themselves because of the competitiveness involved."

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Allan Maki is a national news reporter and sports writer based in Calgary. He joined the Globe and Mail in 1997 with an extensive sports background having covered Stanley Cup finals, the Grey Cup, Summer and Winter Olympics, the 1980 Miracle on Ice, the 1989 Super Bowl riot and the 1989 earthquake World Series. More

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