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Bigger NHL players becoming expendable

11/21/2005

NOT SO FAST

One player that some might have assumed would fall into that "Horrible 100" list is Ottawa's Chris Neil, but he has remade himself into a valuable part of the NHL's best team. After scoring just 24 goals in 222 NHL games prior to this season, the Senators' seventh-round pick has scored eight times and has 14 points through 18 games. After a strong training camp, Neil has also earned time on the power play and takes a regular shift on the team's third line.

DOWN WITH FIGHTING

Enforcers need to do more than drop the gloves? According to a report sent out by the NHL, the answer is yes. Through Nov. 15, fighting has dropped 42 percent since the 2003-04 season. Through 264 games this season, the league says there have been 227 major penalties. In 2003-04, there were 393. Some critics believe fighting should never be completely eliminated from the game. Others, like commissioner Gary Bettman, think it's made the game more exciting.