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Former Buffalo Sabres Defenseman Jay McKee Wants to Retire a Sabre

December 24th, 2012 at 9:00 AM
By Paul Lane Sabres 101

Former Buffalo Sabres defenseman Jay McKee apparently has his sights set on a return to the Sabres – sort of.

'Jay McKee' photo (c) 2009, Jon Dawson - license:

The Twitter neophyte – who also played for Pittsburgh and St. Louis – tweeted recently that he'd like to return to the club for a day:

"If I ever 'officially' retire, no disrespect to Pitt, but I'd like to retire as a Buffalo Sabre. Are one day contracts allowed?"

The 35-year-old McKee played 10 of his 14 seasons with the Sabres. he signed with the Blues in 2006 and played three seasons before playing one final season in 2009 with the Penguins, winning a Stanley Cup there. He finished with 24 goals and 104 assists in 802 career games.

Nobody signed him prior to the 2010-11 season, so he served as a volunteer coach at Niagara University for a season. he then worked as an assistant for the Sabres' AHL affiliate, the Rochester Americans, but was let go after the 2011-12 season.

One-day contracts are allowed in the NHL. Mike Modano signed one with Dallas in 2011 to retire as a Star, while Owen Nolan did the same with San Jose earlier this year to retire a Shark.

Tags: Buffalo, Buffalo Sabres, Hockey, NHL

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