Veteran St. Louis Blues forward Andy McDonald says although he is confident a new CBA will be reached to save the season, he is tired of all the back-and-forth negotiations.

"It's the first time I've been embarrassed to say that I'm an NHL hockey player," McDonald told the St. Louis Post Dispatch Friday.

Despite his frustration the 35-year-old feels a deal should be reached because the sides are close on many issues.