This is Jay McKee. 32 years old, veteran, great shot blocker. Free Agent. And he’s not alone.
A little more than 15 years ago baseball had a tremendous number of major leaguers who were free agents. The 1994 strike meant that when MLB got down to business there hundred of available players of all shapes and sizes. The main thrust of the situation is explained here.
Because of the salary cap and the way NHL managers are handling it (paying the elite players full throttle and then squeezing the lower group) the hockey business has all kinds of unemployed millionaires. It is bizarre, but there are some outstanding talents available on the cheap.
Earlier this week Steve Tambellini suggested the Oilers had enough forwards (too many forwards). I think they need a veteran RH center, but the organization has Colin Fraser for that tougher minutes/PK role and may use Horcoff in a checking role as well. In regard to the defense, there could be a free agent defender out there with the ability to help the 10-11 edition of Edmonton’s team. The full list is here, courtesy capgeek.
Would Jay McKee accept an invitation to camp from the Oilers? Would Aaron Johnson?