Kevin Lee posted this on his blog today:
"Other names that have come up in trade discussions over the past week is that of Chris Neil. Neil is entering the last year of his deal and with the emergence of Cody Bass, Neil could possibly get traded this summer or during the course of the season. Bass is 8 years younger and was much more effective in the playoffs than Neil. Add in the fact that Bass is not afraid to drop the gloves and can play on the PK, he is a much more valuable player than Neil. With a full year under his belt this coming season, Bass could become a key contributor for Craig Hartsburg. Neil would fetch a decent return as there are many teams looking for player that brings an edge and decent scoring touch, not mention his experience. Murray might be able to trade Neil to get a veteran defensemen with the Sens looking thinner than ever on the blueline."
I thought I would post this since we haven't had much to discuss lately. Would you trade Chris Neil? And what would you be looking for in return?
I would have said no in previous seasons, but he definitely took a step back this year. He definitely wasn't as physical this season and took a lot of dumb penalties. It did look like he was taking more of a leadership role early in the year (he was sent to talk to the refs a few times) but later drifted from the type of game that kept him in the nhl. I really like how Bass plays, and he brings a lot of energy, but I doubt he could replace Neil. It was obvious once Neil got hurt in Columbus that our team was getting thrown around. So what would you do?