Chris Neil RW OTT 9 Days

Neil underwent surgery on his left thumb Thursday and is projected to miss 4-to-5 weeks, Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun reports.The Senators initially pegged Neil to miss 3-to-4 weeks due to the injury, but his timetable will be pushed back an extra week at the recommendation of doctors, who inserted a plate in the thumb. Neil will don a cast for the next two weeks before being reevaluated. Given the length of his timetable and with the Senators wrapping up their schedule in early April, it's possible Neil could be shut down for the season if he doesn't progress as quickly as anticipated.

Chris Neil RW OTT 12 Days

Neil (thumb) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday.Neil is set to miss the next 3-to-4 weeks with the fractured thumb. The Senators will likely use his roster spot to recall an extra forward as necessary.

Chris Neil RW OTT 15 Days

Neil is expected to miss at least 3-to-4 weeks due to the fractured left thumb he suffered in Saturday's 7-2 win over the Oilers, Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun reports.The Senators' tough guy paid a heavy price for his fight with the Oilers' Luke Gazdic, likely closing the door on any speculation that he'll be dealt before the Mar. 2 trade deadline. Neil will meet with a specialist over the next weeks to determine if surgery on the thumb is necessary; if so, it would lengthen his timetable by several more weeks. The team could recall an extra forward from AHL Binghamton prior to Monday's game against the Hurricanes to cover from Neil's absence.

Chris Neil RW OTT 15 Days

Neil (fractured thumb) is out indefinitely.Neil likely suffered the injury during his fight with Luke Gazdic on Saturday. It's an unfortunate development for the Senators who, due to their poor standing in the the Atlantic Division, were considering moving Neil before the NHL's trade deadline. The team should provide a more concrete timetable for Neil's recovery in the coming days.

Chris Neil RW OTT 1 Month

Neil (knee) was officially activated from injured reserve Monday.

This further verifies that Neil will return to the Ottawa lineup Tuesday, as coach Dave Cameron alluded to following Monday's practice. Neil, who offers more impact in the hits and PIM categories than as a scorer, last played Dec. 11.

Chris Neil RW OTT 1 Month

Neil (knee) is slated to return to the Ottawa lineup Tuesday against the Rangers.

Neil is thus slated to be activated off IR in advance of Tuesday's contest, a transaction of note for those who miss his PIM. In 28 games this season, Neil has recorded seven points and 49 penalty minutes.

Chris Neil RW OTT 2 Months

Neil (knee) was on the ice for morning skate Sunday, Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen reports.

Neil was placed on injured reserve Dec. 13 and hasn't returned to game action since. The absence of he and Zack Smith (wrist) have left the Senators with few enforcers in the bottom six, but it appears as though Neil is making progress towards a return.

Chris Neil RW OTT 2 Months

Neil (knee) is expected to miss at least a couple of weeks, Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen reports.

Neil was placed on the team's injured list over the weekend after he suffered the injury in Thursday's loss to the Kings. The Senators are woefully short on physical hitters in their bottom-six forwards at the moment, as the long-term absences of Neil and Zack Smith (wrist) have created a major void.

Chris Neil RW OTT 3 Months

Neil (knee) was placed on injured reserve Saturday.

Neil is being labeled as week-to-week with the injury, so by placing the winger on IR, the Senators can open up an extra roster spot while he recovers. Neil had only seven points in 28 games, but with 101 hits on the season, he's about as physical a player as any on the team.

Chris Neil RW OTT 3 Months

Neil is considered week-to-week with a knee injury he suffered Thursday against the Kings, Steve Lloyd of TSN 1200 reports.

Neil's injury was initially listed as lower body, but assistant coach Dave Cameron specified that it was a knee injury that obviously is pretty severe. Unless Clarke MacArthur is able to return Saturday, the Senators with need to make a move to add depth at forward.