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McKee signs qualifying offer

Updated: September 10, 2005, 1:10 AM ET
Associated Press

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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