McKee signs qualifying offer
Buffalo Sabres: Defenseman Jay McKee accepted his one-year qualifying offer from the team Friday, nearly a month after the NHL-imposed deadline. McKee will earn $1.6 million this season before becoming an unrestricted free agent in 2006.
The two sides had decided to extend the deadline twice in the hopes of working out a long-term contract, but were unable to do so.
McKee, 28, has steadily climbed Buffalo's defensive ranks after
the team selected him in the first round of ...
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