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Chris Neil re-signs with Senators

Wednesday, 07.01.2009 / 10:19 PM / 2009 NHL Offseason News

NHL.com

Forward Chris Neil has decided to stay put. Neil agreed Wednesday to a four-year deal with the Ottawa Senators. TSN says the contract is worth $8 million.

Neil, who last week reportedly turned down an offer that would have seen him make $1.7 million per season, had offers from three other clubs, according to TSN, but ended up taking less money to stay in Ottawa.

The New York Rangers reportedly offered a four-year deal averaging $2.3 million per season, while the Edmonton Oilers and Toronto Maple Leafs both made three-year offers to the Toronto native.

Neil, 30, tied a career-low with 10 points and set a career-low with a minus-13 in 60 games last season. The 6-foot-1, 214-pound is one of the NHL's most physical forwads, but has enough skill to avoid being limited to fourth-line minutes.

In 511 NHL games, all with Ottawa, Neil has 61 goals and 73 assists for 134 points, and he leads the franchise in career penalty minutes with 1,298. In 68 career playoff games, he has scored 4 goals, 4 assists and 111 penalty minutes.
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