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Chris Neil | Winger | #25

Team: Ottawa Senators
Age / DOB:  (38) / 6/18/1979
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 209
Drafted: 1998 / Rd. 6 (161) / OTT
Contract: view contract details

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Chris Neil has announced his retirement.
Neil is bringing an end to an NHL career that spanned 1,026 games, all of them with the Ottawa Senators. He was originally taken by Ottawa in the sixth round of the 1998 NHL Entry and made his debut with the Senators in 2001. By the end of his career, he had accumulated 112 goals, 250 points, and 2,522 penalty minutes. "Chris Neil exemplifies the best qualities of both our city and the Senators franchise," said Senators owner Eugene Melnyk. "His career personified grit, drive and resilience; there was never a day that he was not there for his teammates. Chris earned everything he achieved in the league through his hard work and dedication to the game and he will go down in history as one of the great character players to ever wear the Senators jersey." Thu, Dec 14, 2017 11:20:00 AM

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Chris Neil has garnered some interest as an unrestricted free agent, but he's waiting for a deal that is the most suitable for him and his family.

"Everything is pretty quiet right now," Neil said. "Obviously, I've had some offers from teams. Looking at it, it wasn't the right fit at the time. There's some stuff in the air, and we're still going through it. It's not just me I'm thinking about. It's my wife and my kids. It's got to be the right kind of fit, like Ottawa has been through my whole career." He is confident that he will play in his 16th NHL season in 2017-18 and he is looking for a one-year, one-way contract.
Fri, Jul 28, 2017 11:01:00 AM

According to TSN's Darren Dreger, Chris Neil will play in the NHL next season.

The Senators have already said that they have no interest in bringing him back, but Dreger reports that there are a number of teams that are interested in his services. Neil had just one goal and four points in 53 games this season, but he can provide hits and PIMs to your fantasy squad if he can play regularly. The 38-year-old is on his last legs in the NHL.
Wed, Jun 28, 2017 09:01:00 PM

According to veteran forward Chris Neil, Senators head coach Guy Boucher was the one that didn't want to re-sign him.

"I have a lot of respect for (assistant GM) Randy (Lee) and (GM) Pierre (Dorion) … I think, if it was up to them, I’d be back," said Neil. "But they kind of put it in the coach’s hands and that had a lot to do with it. For whatever reason, Guy never really gave me the chance to show I can play." The veteran doesn't want to retire just yet, but he might have a hard time finding work in a league that values skill and speed. He might be forced to accept a PTO from another team if he wants to be in training camp next year.
Sat, Jun 17, 2017 09:55:00 AM

Chris Neil is looking to extend his NHL career.

Neil only participated in 53 games last season and averaged just 7:34 minutes when he did play. After that it was agreed between Neil and Ottawa that Neil would become an unrestricted free agent this summer rather than re-sign with the squad. He'll celebrate his 38th birthday on Sunday, but Neil isn't ready to hang up his skates. "I feel I’ve got stuff left to do," he said. "I feel I can still play and contribute."
Source: Ottawa Sun
Fri, Jun 16, 2017 10:26:00 AM

Chris Neil will not be back with the Ottawa Senators next season.

Neil and the Senators agreed to part ways after a meeting was held Monday to discuss the winger's future and it was agreed that he wouldn't like the role he would have been given if he stayed with the team. He will become an unrestricted free agent in July 1.
Wed, Jun 14, 2017 06:23:00 PM

Chris Neil is a pending unrestricted free agent and he isn't sure what his future holds.

"I came in, cleaned my locker" said Neil "and I don't know what's ahead." His contract expires on July 1st and it's tough to see the Senators bringing him back considering how much his game has fallen recently. If this is the end for him, he'll leave as one of the better enforcers to ever play in the NHL. Neil does want to continue playing, but he may be playing somewhere else. It's hard to imagine Neil playing for a different team than Ottawa, where he has played 14 seasons.
Sat, May 27, 2017 01:18:00 PM

Chris Neil will be a healthy scratch in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final against Pittsburgh on Friday night.

Neil has only suited up in two games this postseason, and none of them have come in this series. Chris Kelly, Ben Harpur, Colin White, Jyrki Jokipakka and Chris DiDomenico will also watch the game from the press box. Alex Burrows will miss the game because of a lower-body injury.
Fri, May 19, 2017 07:57:00 PM

Chris Neil is projected to be a healthy scratch in Game 3 Wednesday night.

Ottawa has only used Neil in two playoff games in 2017. He had a goal and four points in 53 regular season contests.
Wed, May 17, 2017 08:02:00 PM

The Ottawa Senators will not dress Chris Neil for Game 1 against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Chris Neil will join Viktor Stalberg, Chris Kelly, Colin White, Jyrki Jokipakka, Christopher DiDomenico, and Ben Harpur as scratches. It's worth noting that Stalberg will miss the game due to an undisclosed injury.

Chris Neil skated with the Senators scratches this morning, indicating he will likely not dress for Game 1 against the Penguins.

After playing a combined 4:15 in Games 5 and 6, it appears head coach Guy Boucher will go in a different direction in their series against the Penguins. The Senators will need to maximize the usage of their lineup if they want to beat the defending Stanley Cup Champions and replacing Neil with someone who can play in all situations is a good start. No word on who will be taking his place tonight.
Sat, May 13, 2017 12:30:00 PM

Chris Neil will be in the lineup for Game 6 against the New York Rangers.

There was some doubt as to whether or not he'd play tonight, but the Sens have opted to use him for the second straight game. Neil managed to pick up 12 penalty minutes in Game 5.
Tue, May 9, 2017 07:28:00 PM

It's unclear if Chris Neil will stay in the lineup for Game 6 on Tuesday night.

Coach Guy Boucher said there would be game-time decisions up front, but noted that they are injury related. Neil had 12 penalty minutes and logged just 2:26 of ice time on Saturday in his 2017 playoff debut.
Tue, May 9, 2017 04:56:00 PM

Although he only played 2:26, Chris Neil sparked his Senators' teammates in their Game 5 win over the Rangers.

Neil received a 10-minute misconduct in the contest, which strangely energized his teammates who went on to score two goals while he sat in the penalty box. To a man, the Sens' players stated that having Neil in the lineup and on the bench was a positive. It remains to be seen if Neil will suit up for Game 6 in New York on Monday.
Sun, May 7, 2017 08:32:00 AM

Chris Neil will suit up in Game 5 against the Rangers on Saturday.

The Rangers played a physical style in Game 4 and the Senators had no answer. They'll attempt to calm things down by dressing their tough guy instead of Ryan Dzingel. Neil has played in just one game since the trade deadline. He has nine goals and 10 assists in 93 career playoff games.
Sat, May 6, 2017 03:01:00 PM

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D1Erik Karlsson
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G1Craig Anderson
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