Senators sign Chris Neil

The Senators managed to ink a deal with gritty winger Chris Neil on the day his arbitration was scheduled for. The deal is reported to be $3.3 M over 3 years and comes one day after the announcement of Chris Kelly’s signing. Kelly was also scheduled for arbitration today. The Senators still have one RFA in Peter Schaefer who’s hearing is on Friday.

83 Responses to Senators sign Chris Neil

  1. muckies says:

    the Sen spend 35 million last season, You just talk out of your ass and don’t actually know anything you are talking about. Go away.

  2. BLUE_AND_WHITE says:

    theLeafs Spent 39 million. Are you saying that that extra 4 million allowed the Leafs to get “heart” that the sens couldn’t afford. Thats what you said in your last post. Please do not insult me. if you think I don’t knw anything why can’t you keep an argument to the facts instead of just throwing insults everywhere.

  3. muckies says:

    Pre lockout, the Leafs could buy any player they wanted, that was the point. Now they don’t have all the money to spend, they can’t go out and sign players to fill in any spot they want, thats the point. Its easy to say your team always had players that could produce in the playoffs, when all you have to do is iopen up your cheque-book and sign whoever you wanted.

    Ottawa couldn’t do that, and now that the playing field is level, the Leafs are the team with no heart – because they can’t go out and buy it.


  4. BLUE_AND_WHITE says:

    yeah. you’re right that the leafs can’t go out and purchase players anymore, but that has nothing to do with “heart” Players that have been on the team for a long time show heart. Like Neil for example, or Sundin on the Leafs. do you think that because the Sens bought Corvo he will bring heart to the team? Heart also has alot to do with coaching. The reason the sens used to lack it was because Jaques Martain was coach.

  5. zdeno_duchesne says:

    he’s a 3rd/4th liner

  6. zdeno_duchesne says:

    no they didnt, but 16 goals is an added bonus to his tough guy status. you don’t sign a particular trait of him, you sign the whole package. his 16 goals still mean something.

    this isnt a sens/leafs comparison coming up, i just find it to be a fair comparison.

    domi made 1.25 mil last season

    compared to neil making 1.1 mil..

    again, i’m not bashing the leafs, just making a comparison to show that $1.1 mil for a tough 4th liner isn’t overly expensive.

  7. zdeno_duchesne says:

    i suspect that chris phillips is on his way out. he needs a new contract soon, and the sens are evry deep on defense right now. i wouldnt be surprised to see him go for a veteran/depth winger

  8. zdeno_duchesne says:

    tough to say who i want more. i’d have to go with neil though.

    he’s grittier, which is what the sens lack.

  9. mafew says:

    Actually, I compared the reaction people on here had to the re-signing of Antropov, and the re-signing of Neil. Which, you once again illustrated for me.

  10. 92-93 says:

    you just dont get it.

    when the sens have a tradition to build on, you’ll get it.

  11. 92-93 says:

    the two are apples and oranges in terms of their roles but in terms of production … the leafs have the bargain hands down.

    its been almost a decade since Antropov was drafted in the first round. if people cant get beyond that … then they are narrowminded.

    we all know he is not a good first round selection. but why would privilge the reason for their judgement on Antropov based on something that happened 8 years ago? instead, it would make more sense to base your opinion on what he is doing NOW and what money he is making NOW. and in that sense, he is a bargain.

    in terms of relevance, i pick the most recent stats and salary over something that happen in the late-1990s and is long gone.

  12. 92-93 says:

    geesh, and did you just actually compare their stats … AND completely ignorning the games played stat?

    thats just dumb.

  13. Mr-X says:

    YES! Best news I heard all day! This guy has great heart.

  14. muckies says:

    You call him a bargain, a guy who 2 season ago had 124 penalty minutes, has never scored more then 16 goals in a season – IN HIS CAREER – has 5 PP goals FOR HIS CAREER, in the playoffs has 2 goals and 5 points in 28 playoff games.

    If thats worth 1 million and is a bargian, then good for you for thinking that. He’s not a bargian, he’s a 1 million doallar player that will never give you anything more a lazy effort and take bad penalties.

  15. muckies says:

    Neil has 4 more PP goas for his career then Antropov, what more do you want as proof Neil is 100 times better then that floater with no heart

  16. UWSensFan says:

    I think the top line in the league torch will be passed this season:

    Bell – Thornton – Cheechoo

    I think this line will blow pretty much everybody out of the water, but sure, I’ll settle for 2nd best line in the league 😛

    That and I think Neil will be able to handle the added pressure of 3rd line duties with the occasional fill-in on the 2nd line. Hopefully he keeps it up on the 2nd PP unit!

  17. UWSensFan says:

    Well, I can definitely say that I was jealous when the Buds signed Peca. I really wanted him to come up to Ottawa and show Alfredsson and Co. how to lead a team with heart.

    Interesting stat for ya: only twice have teams with non-Canadian captains won the cup, and they were both Americans.

  18. 19AVSFANFoLIFE19 says:

    was Modano one with dallas?

  19. 19AVSFANFoLIFE19 says:

    He was a 3rd and fourth line player Antropov last year had time on the first line. dont compare the 2 ill pay for Neil ahead of antropov.

  20. John_Connor says:

    If you re-read what he said, he was comparing Kilger, Begin and Neil. So when he said “they’ll do whatever it takes to win” and “they’re in the same mold”, he’s talking about those three players. His post actually doesn’t mention the Sens.

  21. John_Connor says:

    I was exaggerating. But seeing as a lot of his penalties are fights anyhow, that’s a good chunk of them equalized without having to draw any penalties at all.

    So maybe he draws a penalty every other game… that’s at least reasonable. On top of that he’s a grinder and agitator, so his penalties aren’t all bad (i.e. 2 minutes shorthanded to take a good player off his game is well worthwhile).

  22. John_Connor says:

    Neil did not draw anywhere near 204 PIM’s a game.

    That would be the most incredible record ever. 🙂

    But I know you meant over the season. Consider that Neil fights a fair bit, so a lot of those PIMs are equalized right off the bat. Then consider that as an agitator, there are lots of “good penalties” to take (i.e. taking a star player off his game is a good thing even if it costs a PP – by the end of the Tampa series, the Lightning were more concerned about where Neil was on the ice than they were about winning the games… he was a huge distraction), and on top of that he draws lots of penalties. And he can get a few points as a bonus. He was one of only 3 players in the league to have over 15 goals and 150 PIMs last year.

    Antropov has more talent, yes, but he doesn’t necessarily do more for his team.

  23. 92-93 says:

    he is a baragin. a point-per-two-game player for 1 million.


    you ignore Each and Every positive stat this guy has.


    the guy led the team in +/- last year, and has been injured most of career.

    last year after his injury and before it … he played solid.

  24. 92-93 says:

    4 more PP goals = a better player???!

    is that all you got?

    that’s pathetic. big deal.

    again, you ignore CONTEXT. but lets just use your pathetic example and completely destroy it. Neil scored 8 of those 9 PP goals last year when he was put on one of the best PP units in the league. he had ONE … count it … ONE PP goal going into last season.

    oh and Antropov ??? he is hardly ever used on the PP. again, he was one of the leafs’ best 5-on-5 guys last year.

    get some perspective muckies because for a guy who ‘knows nothing about hockey’ i am blowing you out of the water here.

  25. UWSensFan says:

    It was actually Derian Hatcher who was captain of the Stars if memory serves, but yes, that was one of them…I can’t remember whom the other was, but it’s a pretty interesting factoid.

  26. BLUE_AND_WHITE says:

    i thought mcgratton was doing most of the fighting.

  27. BLUE_AND_WHITE says:

    Antropov played on the first line for 10 games (you know the 10 straight games getting a at least a point at the end of the season), he was on the 3rd line the rest of the season and only played about 55 games.

  28. BLUE_AND_WHITE says:

    forget 2 seasons ago, last season he was worth every penny, as he was a solid two way player who finished second on the leafs in plus minus. Neil on the other hand had 204 Penalty minutes,

  29. BLUE_AND_WHITE says:

    Neil had 9 fights 9 x 5 = 45 plus he likely had a few 10 min misconducts = 75 fighting PIM’s Leaving 125 minutes,

    now theres no question that neil is valuable to a team, but over a million, is a questionable price. although it doesn’t realy make much difference in the sens salary comitments.

  30. BLUE_AND_WHITE says:

    Neil is slighty ovepriced, but Domi was a flat out rip off, but his contract has been bought out.

  31. bpanther83 says:

    Oh ok, I did read it wrong. He wrote in the sense, I read it quick and didnt notitce the E.

  32. 19AVSFANFoLIFE19 says:

    Neil also sticks up for his teammates. something that the leafs only have this year in darcy tucker. i would pay for neil because he can produce 20 goals on a good season and will protect my players from other teams.

  33. BLUE_AND_WHITE says:

    Antropov can put up 20 on a good season, and Tucker isn’t that type of a player anymore. the new nhl takes that out of the game. big players don’t bully little ones anymore, because its too easy to get a penalty. The sens may have had a fight every game of the season, but the leafs didn’t.

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