Trade rumors surrounding Senators tough guy Chris Neil officially cooled off Saturday afternoon.
The Ottawa forward suffered a fractured left thumb during a fight with the Oilers’ Luke Gazdic.
The Senators announced that Neil is out indefinitely.
The 35-year-old, who has spent his entire 13-year NHL career with Ottawa, became the subject of trade rumors last month.
Sens GM Bryan Murray told the Ottawa Citizen that he had received inquiries about the availability of Neil.
However, earlier this month Murray approached Neil with the idea of being traded and he said no.
Neil has four goals and seven points in 38 games this season to go along with eight fights and 78 penalty minutes.