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.
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.
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.
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.