|Assets:||Hits everything that moves and likes to antagonize opponents. Never backs down from a challenge and always gives maximum effort on the ice. Is a solid team player. Will drop the gloves to protect teammates.|
|Flaws:||Will at times take bad penalties that set his team back. Has a limited scoring touch and can go through large dry spells in terms of production. His rambunctious style leads to injuries. Is now in steep decline.|
|Career Potential:||Veteran physical winger and great team player in decline.|
|3/25/2016||Missed 2 games (illness).|
|2/27/2016||Signed by the Ottawa Senators to a one-year contract extension.|
|4/19/2015||Missed the last 2 regular season and first 2 playoff games (broken left thumb).|
|4/09/2015||Broken left thumb, remainder of the regular season.|
|4/07/2015||Missed 25 games (broken left thumb).|
|2/16/2015||Broken left thumb, injured reserve.|
|2/14/2015||Broken left thumb, sidelined indefinitely.|
|1/19/2015||Missed 16 games (lower body injury).|
|12/12/2014||Lower body injury, injured reserve.|
|1/17/2014||Missed 6 games (lower body injury).|
|1/08/2014||Lower body injury, injured reserve.|
|1/02/2014||Lower body injury, sidelined indefinitely.|
|7/11/2012||Signed by the Ottawa Senators to a three-year contract extension.|
|4/12/2012||Missed the last regular season game (upper body injury).|
|4/07/2012||Upper body injury, day-to-day.|
|12/03/2011||Missed 9 games (ankle injury).|
|11/11/2011||Ankle injury, injured reserve.|
|3/01/2011||Missed 2 games (lower body injury).|
|2/25/2011||Lower body injury, day-to-day.|
|12/23/2009||Missed 14 games (knee injury).|
|11/26/2009||Knee injury, mid-December.|
|7/01/2009||Re-signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Ottawa Senators to a four-year contract.|
|3/12/2009||Missed 15 games (calf injury).|
|2/09/2009||Calf ailment, sidelined indefinitely.|
|12/06/2008||Missed 6 games (right knee injury).|
|11/17/2008||Right knee injury, day-to-day.|
|3/22/2008||Missed 13 games (right knee injury).|
|2/23/2008||Right knee injury, sidelined indefinitely.|
|2/21/2008||Missed 1 game (flu).|
|7/26/2006||Re-signed as a restricted free agent by the Ottawa Senators to a three-year contract.|
|11/29/2005||Missed 3 games (personal reasons).|
|11/22/2005||Personal reasons, day-to-day.|
|8/12/2005||Re-signed as a restricted free agent by the Ottawa Senators to a one-year contract.|
|3/02/2005||NHL lockout: Signed by the Binghamton Senators (AHL).|
|3/05/2003||Fined $1,000 by the NHL.|
|12/07/2002||Hand injury, left Saturday's game.|
|11/12/2002||Missed 12 games (fractured leg).|
|11/07/2002||Fractured leg, mid-November.|
|9/21/2002||Fractured leg, early November.|
|9/14/2002||Re-signed by the Ottawa Senators to a multi-year contract.|
|4/02/2002||Missed 3 games (hip injury).|
|3/27/2002||Hip injury, day-to-day.|
|3/23/2002||Missed 1 game (hip injury).|
|3/21/2002||Hip injury, day-to-day.|
|9/23/2000||Assigned to Grand Rapids (IHL).|
|6/27/1998||Drafted by the Ottawa Senators in the 6th round (161st overall) in 1998.|
| 04/10/2016 11:03 AM
NewsNeil found twine and added two PIM in Saturday's 6-1 victory over the Bruins.
| 04/08/2016 5:37 PM
NewsNeil registered an assist, a plus-2 rating and three hits in Thursday's 3-1 win over Florida.
| 03/27/2016 2:15 AM
NewsNeil found twine, tacking on five PIM and three hits in Saturday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Ducks.
| 03/25/2016 12:01 PM
NewsNeil (illness) will suit up against the Ducks on Saturday, Steve Lloyd of TSN reports.
| 03/23/2016 12:19 PM
NewsNeil (illness) will miss Wednesday's contest against the Islanders, Dean Brown of TSN1200 reports.
| 03/22/2016 7:38 PM
NewsNeil (illness) has been ruled out Tuesday against Washington, Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun reports.
| 03/22/2016 1:48 PM
NewsNeil (illness) will be a game-time decision for Tuesday's matchup against the Capitals, Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun reports.
| 02/27/2016 11:41 PM
NewsThe Senators have signed Neil to a one-year, $1.5 million contract extension, Sportsnet reports.
| 02/09/2016 4:17 PM
NewsNeil received five PIM for fighting in Monday's 5-1 win over the Lightning.
| 10/22/2015 10:56 PM
NewsNeil had a goal, an assist and fought Jordin Tootoo to complete the Gordie Howe hat trick in Thursday's 5-4 shootout loss to the Devils.
| 10/11/2015 3:50 PM
NewsNeil has been noticeably quiet in the first two games of the regular season. The veteran winger has zero points and only 16:56 seconds of ice-time total.
| 09/28/2015 2:43 PM
NewsNeil was held out of practice Monday, as he was "banged up," Steve Lloyd of TSN 1200 reports.
Ottawa right wing Chris Neil lit the lamp in Saturday's shootout loss to the Jets. | 11/09/2014 10:29 AM
NewsOttawa right wing Chris Neil lit the lamp in Saturday's shootout loss to the Jets.
ImpactNeil is not a fantasy option, as he now has four points on the season. Keep him on the waiver wire.
Chris Neil has rare offensive outburst | 02/01/2014 10:05 PM
NewsChris Neil had a hand in all three goals for Ottawa, which fell to Toronto 6-3 on Saturday night.
ImpactNeil normally is a penalty-minute contributor, so a two-goal, one-assist performance is a bonus for fantasy owners. This season, he has eight goals, 10 points and 110 penalty minutes. Colin Greening notched the other goal, and he also had an assist.
Chris Neil (hamstring) is ready to return | 01/17/2014 3:16 PM
NewsThe Ottawa Senators will get Chris Neil (hamstring) back on Saturday.
Bruce Garrioch on Twitter
ImpactNeil was out for six straight games. He has six points and 99 penalty minutes in 42 games this season.
Chris Neil (hamstring) was held out Thursday | 01/17/2014 7:42 AM
NewsChris Neil was slated to return from a hamstring injury on Thursday, but he was scratched at the last minute after feeling some discomfort.
ImpactNeil has missed six games due to the ailment, but coach Paul MacLean expects the Ottawa tough guy to be ready to play on Saturday against the New York Rangers.
Chris Neil (hamstring) will return Thursday | 01/16/2014 10:35 AM
NewsChris Neil is expected to return from his hamstring injury on Thursday.
ImpactOttawa returned Jean-Gabriel Pageau to AHL Binghamton on Wednesday to make room for Neil's return. The Senators tough guy will suit up Thursday against Montreal for the first time since going down on Dec. 30.
Chris Neil projected to be a game-time call | 01/14/2014 8:49 AM
NewsChris Neil (hamstring) will be a game-time decision Tuesday.
Don Brennan on Twitter
ImpactHe has been out of action since Dec. 30 because of a hamstring injury. Neil has six points and 99 penalty minutes in 42 games this year.
Neil won't play Saturday v Predators | 01/11/2014 11:18 AM
NewsChris Neil will not play Saturday night against the Predators.
ImpactHe is still recovering from a hamstring injury which needs more time to fully heal. Neil has been practising with his teammates this past week so he could be back in action sometime next week.
Chris Neil (hamstring) might return next week | 01/07/2014 9:41 AM
NewsChris Neil (hamstring) may not be ready to return until next Tuesday when Ottawa plays in Minnesota.
ImpactHe has missed the Senators' last two games with a hamstring injury, but he is expected to travel with the club this week. Consider him day-to-day.
Chris Neil likely to be sidelined for weeks | 12/31/2013 4:49 PM
NewsChris Neil's lower-body injury is believed to be related to his leg.
ImpactNeil left Monday's game as a result of the ailment. Senators coach Paul MacLean thinks that Neil's absence will end up being measured in weeks rather than days.
Chris Neil may be out longer than day-to-day | 12/31/2013 7:58 AM
NewsChris Neil was forced to leave Monday's game with a lower-body injury.
Bruce Garrioch on Twitter
ImpactCoach Paul MacLean said that Neil's injury isn't considered to be day-to-day and he could be sidelined for longer than that. We'll keep you posted when the severity of the ailment is announced. Neil ranks second in the league with 99 penalty minutes in 42 games this season, so start looking elsewhere for your sin bin time.
Chris Neil scores in loss to Florida Thursday | 12/20/2013 9:52 AM
NewsChris Neil potted his fifth goal of the 2013-14 campaign in Thursday's loss to Florida.
ImpactIt was his first point in his last 12 games. Neil enters Friday's action ranked third overall in the NHL with 93 penalty minutes. He is tied for the league lead with nine majors
Chris Neil scores, fights against Red Wings | 11/24/2013 10:46 AM
NewsChris Neil found the back of the net in Ottawa's 4-2 win on Saturday.
ImpactNeil also got into his second fight in as many games. He has four points and 51 penalty minutes in 23 contests this season.
Neil to wear visor Saturday v Panthers | 11/09/2013 11:20 AM
NewsChris Neil, who needed stitches to patch up a cut he sustained when teammate Erik Karlsson accidentally hit him with a shot in the face during Thursday's game, will wear a visor Saturday afternoon against the Panthers.
ImpactNormally this type of news does not have any fantasy impact. However, when your main fantasy contribution is penalty minutes, wearing a visor is a major issue. Neil will not likely engage in fisticuffs with his face so cut up. We recommend you bench Neil for Saturday's contest.
Chris Neil fights twice and scores Tuesday | 11/06/2013 8:14 AM
NewsChris Neil racked up 12 minutes in penalties in Tuesday's win against Columbus.
ImpactHe had an eventful third period, where he dropped the gloves on two occasions and scored his second goal of the season. Neil added a two-minute minor late in the final frame for good measure. He has amassed 37 penalty minutes in 15 games.
Mounting fan pressure to sit Chris Neil | 10/26/2013 11:06 AM
NewsThere is considerable talk in Ottawa that Chris Neil should be benched.
ImpactHe has taken numerous questionable penalties this season including two Friday night against the Ducks. It is one thing to be a tough guy and stand up for your teammates. It is quite another to take lazy penalties that costs your team games. If Neil continues this bad habit, it will be interesting to see how long Sens' coach Paul MacLean sticks with him in the lineup.
Chris Neil nets his first goal of the season | 10/19/2013 5:30 PM
NewsChris Neil's first goal of the season was Ottawa's only marker in a 3-1 loss to Edmonton Saturday afternoon.
ImpactThe Senators tough guy registered four shots and five hits in the contest. Neil has 13 penalty minutes in eight games this season. Clarke MacArthur and Patrick Wiercioch earned assists on his tally.
Chris Neil practices, cleared to play Game 4 | 05/21/2013 2:33 PM
NewsChris Neil (undisclosed) practiced Tuesday and is cleared to play in Wednesday's Game 4.
Senators on Twitter
ImpactNeil left Sunday's Game 3 during the second overtime session, but the Sens said Tuesday that Neil could've returned if the game had gone longer. We expect he'll be in the lineup again Wednesday night as the Senators try to even the series.
No update on Chris Neil's status | 05/21/2013 7:32 AM
NewsChris Neil had to be helped off the ice in the second overtime session Sunday night, but his status wasn't updated Monday.
Impact"Nothing to update," said coach Paul MacLean about Neil after the Ottawa tough guy wasn't at the rink on Monday. If he's not available to play in Game 4 Wednesday then Matt Kassian or Guillaume Latendresse are the likeliest candidates to replace him.
Chris Neil has rambunctious game Sunday | 05/06/2013 12:19 PM
NewsChris Neil had a truculent game for Ottawa Sunday night.
ImpactHe registered six hits and amassed 17 penalty minutes in the Senators' 6-1 blowout of Montreal in Game 3 of their quarterfinal series. Neil also had an assist in the contest.
Neil warns that Sens need to do better Monday | 04/15/2013 9:30 AM
NewsChris Neil warned that the Senators have to do better against the Boston Bruins on Monday than they did in their 2-0 victory over the Devils on Friday.
Impact"We've got to play our game," said Neil. "We can't play like we did against New Jersey or we won't beat (the Bruins). You can't expect to have 11 shots and beat a team like Boston." The Devils outshot the Senators 33-11, but Ottawa goaltender Craig Anderson stood tall. A win against Boston would go a long way towards guaranteeing the Senators' playoff spot.
| 04/03/2013 10:40 AM
NewsChris Neil returned to action on Tuesday April 2.
Neil game time decision Saturday | 03/30/2013 1:35 PM
NewsChris Neil will be a game-time decision for Saturday night's contest against Toronto.
Bruce Garrioch Twitter
ImpactHe apparently has a lower leg injury that required stitches sustained in Thursday's game against the Rangers. We will try to update the situation closer to game time.
Chris Neil surpasses 1,900 career PIMs | 02/19/2013 10:42 AM
NewsChris Neil racked up 26 penalty minutes in Monday's win over New Jersey.
ImpactThe PIMs brought his career total to 1,923 in 747 games. Neil became the 61st player in NHL history to surpass the 1,900 mark. He has chipped in three goals and one assist in 16 contests this season, but his true value to fantasy owners is represented by his 62 minutes in the sin bin.
Neil recognizes league has to make amends | 01/06/2013 10:14 PM
NewsSenators forward Chris Neil is excited to see the NHL get revived, but he acknowledges that the league and its players have to make amends with the fans.
Impact"We know there's been some damage done to the game, but as players we'll do our best to get the fans back," Neil said. "We have some of the best fans in the league and hopefully they'll come back, but we understand that we've lost some." The veteran winger recently inked a three-year deal with the Senators, the only NHL club he has ever played for.
|Goals||1||5 times-last:at Bos||last:Apr 9||1|
|Assists||1||8 times-last:vs. Fla||last:Apr 7||2|
|Points||2||2 times-last:at Bos||last:Dec 29||2|
|Penalty Minutes||24||vs. Det||Oct 31||15|
|Plus/Minus||2||3 times-last:vs. Fla||last:Apr 7||2|
|Power Play Goals||0||80 times-last:at Bos||last:Apr 9||1|
|Power Play Points||0||80 times-last:at Bos||last:Apr 9||1|
|Shorthanded Goals||0||80 times-last:at Bos||last:Apr 9||0|
|Shorthanded Points||0||80 times-last:at Bos||last:Apr 9||0|
|Shots||3||5 times-last:at Min||last:Mar 31||3|
|Games||82||2 times-last: 2006-07 (Ott)|
|Penalty Minutes||231||2001-02 (Ott)|
|Power Play Goals||8||2005-06 (Ott)|
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