The Ottawa Senators were reportedly shopping forward Shane Prince and defenseman Patrick Wiercioch on Saturday, but were also looking to extend forward Chris Neil at the same time.
While Prince and Wiercioch weren’t dealt, the Senators were able to check one item off of their to-do list; late on Saturday afternoon, the Atlantic Division club announced an extension for Neil worth $1.5 million for the 2016-17 season.
Drafted in the sixth round of the 1998 NHL Entry Draft by the Senators themselves, Neil – who spent his junior career playing for the North Bay Centennials of the OHL – has spent his entire pro hockey career playing within Ottawa’s system. Now 36, the right shot right winger is currently sitting on 955 career NHL games played, all with the same NHL franchise.
This year alone, Neil has recorded just three goals and 10 points over 62 regular season games, but his physical presence – a huge part of his game from the start – remains a selling point for those looking for physicality in a pro player. In addition to his secondary offense, the forward has contributed with a whopping 122 PIM this season alone – over his entire NHL career, the winger boasts 2,416 PIM in total.