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07-09-2009, 11:36 PM
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McKee to Pens by Friday - per Strick and others

http://thebluenotezone.wordpress.com...mckee-to-pens/

Credit to others obviously...but its been all over twitter and on Hockeybuzz.

Garth and Strick are the ones who seemed to have gotten it first.

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Garth, Brian Metzer, and Andy Strickland from Hockeybuzz are all reporting that former Blue Jay McKee will agree to a 1 year, $800,000 contract with the Penguins by Friday.

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Metzer on Twitter
GARTH on Hockeybuzz
Strickland on Twitter

I think its a great deal for all three parties.

The Blues saved some money and cleared roster space for Pietrangelo.
The Pens aquire a Hal Gill replacement at half of the cost of Gill’s 08-09 Contract.
Jay McKee is still getting paid well for doing Plumber’s work.

I’ve gotten to meet Jay. I think he is a good guy and a good hockey player. He took more money to come to St. Louis when the team was bad and the fans ripped on him for not living up to his $4 million cap hit. In the post lockout NHL, is Jay “worth” $4 million per year? Likely not because of his lack of mobility. However, Jay brings charecter, experience, top notch shot blocking, and solid defensive work. Pens fans will love Jay for $800,000 as much as Blues fans disliked him at a $4 million cap hit.

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In hindsight it was a dumb signing. McKee is a playoff warrior built for a team where he can play the 5-6, at times 3-4 for role. His time in St. Louis will be marred by his constant injury but he should be a fantastic signing in Pittsburgh for that price.

I wish him all the best

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It's a done deal. Good luck to McKee. Too bad things never worked out here.

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