Ottawa Senators' Chris Neil takes high road over anti-NHLPA comments by Washington Capitals' Roman Hamrlik

Ottawa Senators' Chris Neil, left, has a laugh on the bench during practice with the Carleton...

Ottawa Senators' Chris Neil, left, has a laugh on the bench during practice with the Carleton Ravens' men's hockey team at the Ice House Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012. Darren Brown/Ottawa Sun/QMI Agency

DON BRENNAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:13 PM ET

Chris Neil makes no secret of the fact he will seek retribution for on-ice actions against him or a teammate.

But for words he does not agree with during the lockout? That’s just not his style.

“Everyone is entitled to their own opinion,” said Neil — the Senators’ all-time PIMs leader and one of the NHL’s toughest individuals — after skating with the Carleton Ravens Wednesday. “The way our society is nowadays, it’s freedom of speech, and everyone is entitled to their own opinion.”


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