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Don’t Trade Chris Neil

from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,

It does make financial sense to trade Neil, the team’s all-time penalty minutes and pointed facial expressions leader.

But doing so would not only be one tough pill for the Senators to swallow, it would also be wrong.

Such a hit on their team toughness, they cannot take.

At $2 million per, Neil is now the fifth-highest-paid forward on the team. Some will tell you that’s a lot of coin for a third-liner. Then there’s the fact he’s got two more years on his contract.

But you can’t put a price on loyalty, on dedication, on determination and on the pain both suffered and inflicted for the good of the cause.

In Ottawa, other players care deeply about their team. But Neil doesn’t just wear his heart on his sleeve — it’s all over his bruised and battered body.


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NHLJeff's avatar

I doubt Brennan needs to worry as tere aren’t likely to be many takers with two years left on Neal’s contract, especially at that price (unless Murray decides he doesn’t mind trading him to Burke).

Posted by NHLJeff from Pens fan in Denver on 02/26/11 at 11:09 AM ET

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