Sabres re-sign D McKee

BUFFALO, New York (Ticker) - After two deadline extensions, Jay McKee and the Buffalo Sabres finally resolved their differences.

McKee signed his qualifying offer with the Sabres on Friday, nearly one month after the NHL’s imposed August 15 deadline.

Financial terms were not disclosed, but TSN of Canada is reporting the one-year deal is worth $1.6 million.

“We’re very glad to have Jay under contract. He’s been a valuable contributor to this team for the last eight years,” Buffalo general manager Darcy Regier said. “We can now begin training camp on Monday knowing that we have all of our players under contract.”

Drafted 14th overall in 1995, McKee is the longest-tenured current Sabre, having made his debut in 1995-96. In 507 career games, he has 12 goals, 70 assists and 413 penalty minutes.

The native of Kingston, Ontario, who celebrated his 28th birthday on Thursday, has played in just 102 games over the past two seasons due to knee injuries. In 2003-04, he recorded two goals and three assists in 43 contests.

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Updated Friday, Sep 9, 2005