39-Year-Old Defenseman – Free Agent
Jay McKee Contract Information:
Signed with the Blues in July 2006; terms were not released. Bought out of contract in June of 2009, becoming a free agent. Signed a one-year contract with the Penguins in July 2009.
The Penguins and McKee are not expected to reach a contract agreement, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
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McKee has never finished with more than 17 points since becoming an NHL regular in 1997. Pittsburgh will count on his shot-blocking skills and his ability to take a regular shift to help offset the losses of Rob Scuderi and Hal Gill. McKee has suited up for 70 games only once in the past six seasons, however.
McKee is always a leader in blocked shots so if that is a category in your league he is a big producer. Scoring points is not his strong suit though. You can expect somewhere between 10 and 20 points if he remains healthy.
McKee is reportedly heading into this season 100% healthy after missing most of 2006-07 due to injuries. Good news, but if you're looking for an offensive defenseman to add to your fantasy squad this year, look elsewhere. McKee will be called upon by Blues coach Andy Murray to play his solid, stay-at-home, defense-first style, kill penalties and provide leadership in the dressing room. Fellow Blues d-men with more scoring potential are Eric Brewer, Christian Backman, Barret Jackman and much-heralded rookie Erik Johnson.
McKee is a solid, stay-at-home defenseman who will be a good addition to the Blues’ roster this year. However, he has never scored more than 17 points and therefore should only be on your fantasy radar in the deepest of leagues. The Blues have too many other defensemen who can contribute offensively, such as Eric Brewer and Dennis Wideman, so McKee will be called upon to do what he does best--help keep the puck out of his own net.
The valuable young blueliner is known more for his defense than his offense. When the Sabres were good, McKee's best roto stat was plus/minus, so if the team can be halfway respectable, he'll usually end up in the black. His scoring is minimal though, as evidenced by his two goals and eight assists over the last two seasons combined. McKee's time in Buffalo may be short as the team is unable to work out a long-term deal, and he's a trade candidate heading into the season.
The valuable young blueliner is known more for his defense than his offense. When the Sabres were good, McKee's best roto stat was plus/minus, so if the team can be halfway respectable, he'll usually end up in the black. His scoring is minimal though, as evidenced by his two goals and eight assists over the last two seasons combined.