Originally Posted by clarky1717
And if you knew anything about Chris Neil
you'd also know he picks fights with non-fighters while turning down enforcers - regularly. All the while he's also face washing people on whistles, running and bumping goalies, and mouthing off and intimidating non-fighters. If you're going to play that way, a team's enforcer is going to come looking for you, that's their job. He turns most of those requests down and that's what people don't like. Colton Orr
was doing his job, Chris Neil
was picking fights with everyone but Colton Orr
and ducking him as usual (this goes back to Ranger blue days). Chris Neil
is a good fighter with a great chin, but too often he's running around like a punk and not answering the bell.
That's Neil's job.
Earlier in his career, Neil was a pure enforcer and threw then with anybody in the league, and at time lead the league in FM's.
Since the sens got McGrattan and now Carkner, he's taken on more of an agitator/enforcer role who fights his own battles (relatively speaking compared to other agitators). I think that transition has really extended his career and made him into a more effective 3rd line player. He loves delivering crushing hits, then fighting anybody who has a problem with it. He doesn't do the "staged fights" against the HWs anymore. But if he does, he won't turle and he'll hold his own with his cement block of a head.
Many of Neil's "so-called" spot picking fights are usually the result of a huge hit by Neil followed up by someone trying to fight him for him, which Neil responds with a proper fight (instead of a turtle or a big scrum like other agitators).