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Chris Neil takes less money to stay in Ottawa

Darren Dreger

7/1/2009 8:39:19 PM

Forward Chris Neil left money on the table on Wednesday and agreed to a four-year, $8 million contract with the Ottawa Senators.

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

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

Sources say the Rangers had made the most substantial bid, but the veteran forward clearly wanted to stay in Ottawa.

Neil, 30, tied a career-low with ten points and set a career-low with a minus-13 in 60 games last season.

The 6-foot-1, 214-pound right winger can still mix it up, however, getting in 14 fights last season; his highest total since 2002-2003.