I'll make this short and sweet...
Chris Neil was a commodity (and an oddity) on the Sens when they were known as a push-over team. Bryan Murray, apparently at the expense of wins, acquired a few players over the past couple of years that were meant to fill in the toughness gap. Namely: Jason Smith and Jarkko Ruutu.
Doesn't that make Neil expendable?
Ironically, the Senators will face the Leafs tonight; the team that was always seen as ruthless during the Jacques Martin years. It's hard to say if the Sens enforcers will be a factor in this battle for the basement of the Eastern Conference.