Player Updates

December 14, 2017 10:32 PM
Chris Neil: Announces retirement
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Neil announced his retirement from the NHL on Thursday.

Neil -- who spent his entire 15-year NHL career with the Senators -- was offered a PTO with the Canadiens at the start of the season, but declined, preferring to stick with one team. Even in the locked-out 2004-05 campaign, the 38-year-old played for Ottawa's AHL affiliate in Binghamton, rather than heading overseas like many other players. Drafted by the team in the sixth round of the 1998 NHL Draft, the winger would go on to play in 1,026 games as a persistent pest and enforcer and racking up 2,522 PIM (20th all-time). In addition to his time spent in the box, the Ontario native tallied 112 goals and 138 assists in the regular season, as well as accruing 19 points -- and 204 more PIM -- in 95 playoff contests.

July 30, 2017 10:36 AM
Chris Neil: Unfazed by lack of calls in free agency
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Neil is "not stressed at all" by the fact that he hasn't signed with a new team four weeks into free agency, Postmedia reports.

Neil's fourth contract with the Senators has expired, so he's looking for work as an unrestricted free agent. Apparently, the 38-year-old is getting attention on the open market, but he won't take just any offer that's on the table. "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." Indeed, Neil had been property of the Sens since they drafted him in the sixth round of the 1998 draft. He's accumulated 250 points (112 goals, 138 assists) in 1,026 games.

June 14, 2017 03:57 PM
Chris Neil: Will be let go
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Neil will not be brought back by the Senators next season, Bruce Garrioch of Postmedia reports.

Neil has been with Ottawa for the past 15 seasons since being selected by the organization in the sixth round of the 1998 NHL Draft. Unfortunately for the 37-year-old, changes to the game have made enforcers a relic of the past. The winger played in a mere 53 outings this year, totaling four points and 63 PIM. Neil will look to catch on with another team, but if he doesn't, he will retire as No. 20 all time in PIM with 2,522.

May 13, 2017 03:08 PM
Senators' Chris Neil: Expected to watch Game 1 from press box
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Neil is likely to serve as a healthy scratch Saturday for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Penguins, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.

The elder statesman needs to draw into just five more postseason contests to reach 100 in his career, but we suspect the Senators will be looking to deploy a skater with more of an offensive touch to hang with the attack-happy Penguins.

May 6, 2017 03:08 PM
Senators' Chris Neil: Likely to make 2017 playoff debut Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Neil is expected to play in Game 5 against the Rangers on Saturday, John Shannon of Sportsnet reports.

Neil hasn't hit game ice since April 9, but he's on track to be unleashed in a pivotal playoff contest. The Senators evidently don't want to get outmuscled in their own barn, and deploying the grizzled veteran certainly plays to that idea. Neil hasn't appeared in a playoff game since 2014-15, but he's been involved in 93 total postseason contests. Don't expect miracles from Neil from a fantasy standpoint since he'll almost assuredly be in a bottom-six role.

April 10, 2017 05:24 PM
Senators' Chris Neil: Back in lineup for finale
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Neil (finger) will rejoin the lineup for Sunday's regular-season finale against the Islanders.

It's tough to tell if Neil's recent absence was a healthy scratch, but he will return with a large number of healthy bodies taking a day off for the finale. Considering he owns just three points despite dressing for 52 games this season, the veteran shouldn't be a target in daily lineups Sunday.

April 6, 2017 06:37 PM
Senators' Chris Neil: Remains out of lineup
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Neil (finger) was listed as a scratch for Tuesday's game against the Red Wings.

Neil last suited up Feb. 26, but he's now off IR and available to the Sens if they wish to add some grit up front down the stretch. In 52 games this season, the 37-year-old winger has tallied one goal and three points to go along with 63 PIM.

March 27, 2017 04:24 PM
Senators' Chris Neil: On ice Monday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Neil (finger) was spotted on the ice during Monday's practice session, Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun reports.

Neil has been sidelined since late February because of the finger injury. While his presence on the ice Monday is certainly a positive sign, no timeline has been placed on the veteran winger's potential return date. Considering he owns just three points over 52 games this season, it shouldn't concern many in the fantasy realm, but Neil is at least tracking toward a return to the lineup.

March 1, 2017 01:12 PM
Senators' Chris Neil: Week-to-week with broken finger
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Neil (finger) is expected to miss "weeks" due to his broken finger, Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun reports.

In terms of fantasy value, Neil doesn't offer much outside of PIM, considering he averages a meager 7:26 of ice time and has snagged a paltry three points in 52 outings this season. One of the last remaining enforcers in the league, Neil is significantly more likely to get into a scrap than score a goal.

March 1, 2017 02:20 AM
Senators' Chris Neil: Lands on IR
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Neil (finger) is showing on injured reserve, per the NHL's official media site.

Neil is the team's elder statesman, having spent all 14 years of his NHL career (and counting) in Ottawa. He remains a punishing line defender, as he's up to 107 hits and 63 PIM in 52 games this season, but there's very little that he can do with the puck, so his appeal in fantasy hockey is marginal at best.

February 27, 2017 05:30 PM
Senators' Chris Neil: Out about a week due to broken finger
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Neil will miss approximately a week due to a broken finger, Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun reports.

Neil's absence won't hurt as much with both Mike Hoffman and Mark Stone back in the fold offensively. The addition of veteran Alex Burrows from the Canucks on Monday lessens the blow even more, though he likely won't be ready to draw into Monday's lineup against the Lightning. The earliest Neil will likely be available arrives either Saturday against the Blue Jackets or Monday against the Bruins, but his role remains unclear even when healthy. However, previous reports suggested that the veteran is back in the Senators' plans.

February 21, 2017 07:50 PM
Senators' Chris Neil: Back in team's immediate plans
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Neil will return to the lineup Tuesday against the Devils after being a healthy scratch, Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Citizen reports.

The veteran tough guy is back in the mix with Mike Hoffman (groin) and Mark Stone (neck) sitting out with injuries, not to mention that Bobby Ryan (finger) is expected to be out until at least April. Neil is expected to see his most consistent playing time in the immediate future, but he's only worth targeting in the very deepest of fantasy formats if you need cheap penalty minutes and hits.

January 29, 2017 04:20 AM
Senators' Chris Neil: Playing time continues to dwindle
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Neil has played 5:33 or less in each of his past four games.

Neil, best known for his pugilism, continues to see very little ice time. He has managed just one goal, three points and a minus-9. The only way Neil can help fantasy owners in deeper pools is in the penalty minutes category.

December 10, 2016 09:35 PM
Senators' Chris Neil: Drops the gloves in 1,000th career game
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Neil played in his 1,000th career NHL game Saturday and picked up a fighting major in the process.

He dropped the gloves against Jordan Nolan. Neil joins Daniel Alfredsson and Chris Phillips as the only Senators to reach that important mark.

December 10, 2016 11:20 AM
Senators' Chris Neil: Set for 1,000th contest
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Neil will play in his 1,000th career contest Saturday afternoon.

While he's confined to a fourth-line role these days, Neil is a locker-room leader for the Senators. The 37-year-old has been with the club for 14 years and counting, having accumulated 112 goals, 136 assists and a whopping 2,492 PIM.

November 19, 2016 01:14 PM
Senators' Chris Neil: Will play Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Neil (undisclosed) will be in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Panthers, Postmedia's Bruce Garrioch reports.

The Senators will be happy to have the gritty winger on the ice for Saturday's contest, but this news won't affect many fantasy owners' lineups, as Neil has only tallied two points while averaging just 8:23 of ice time over 16 games.

November 18, 2016 11:14 PM
Senators' Chris Neil: Questionable for Saturday's game
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Neil (undisclosed) is questionable for Saturday's game against Florida, Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Citizen reports.

Even when fully healthy, the 37-year-old doesn't have much of a fantasy presence with two points in 16 games and an average of 8:23 minutes of ice time per match. With a chance he doesn't play, he should be started with caution, if at all.

November 11, 2016 01:10 PM
Senators' Chris Neil: Returning to action Friday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Neil (upper body) will return to the Senators' lineup for Friday's game against the Kings, Dean Brown of TSN 1200 reports.

Neil's return to the lineup will likely go unnoticed by the majority of fantasy owners, as the veteran winger has only tallied a single goal while averaging a mere 8:28 of ice time over 12 games. The scrappy forward will slot into a bottom-six role for Ottawa's matchup with LA.

November 9, 2016 07:27 PM
Senators' Chris Neil: Not available Wednesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Neil (upper body) will not play in Wednesday's road matchup with the Sabres.

Neil will now miss his first game of the season as he nurses his recently sustained injury. The 37-year-old has accumulated a single point while averaging just 8:28 of ice time over 12 games this season and so his production will likely not be missed all that much. In his place Wednesday, Mike Blunden is expected to see an uptick in playing time on the Senators' offensive front.

October 16, 2016 10:52 AM
Senators' Chris Neil: Barely sees ice time
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Neil took two shots and tacked on two PIM in 5:44 of ice time during Saturday's 4-3 overtime win against Montreal.

Neil was barely on the ice and remains an enforcer and nothing more for the Sens. The 37-year-old will sprinkle in a few solid games, but unless you're desperate for PIM and hits, move along to other options.