Chris Neil will return to the Ottawa Senators for at least one more season.
The 36-year-old forward has signed a one-year extension for the 2016-17 season worth $1.5 million, the team announced on Saturday.
Neil was in the final year of his three-year, $5.7 million deal and set to become an unrestricted free agent in July.
“We’re happy to have reached an agreement with Chris on a contract extension,” Sens’ GM Bryan Murray said in a statement. “Chris has long been someone who exemplifies strong work ethic and character while striving to be a leader and a good example for our young players. On the ice, he's played quality minutes for us this season and continues to play an important role on our team.
“I’m additionally glad to see him return in light of what could be a significant milestone for him next season and something that would only be fitting to see him achieve in a Senators uniform.”
According to Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun, Neil’s extension carries a modified no-trade clause, which allows him to list 10 teams he’d be willing to move to.
Neil has three goals and seven assists in 62 games this season to go along with 122 penalty minutes.
Originally the Sens’ sixth-round pick at the 198 NHL draft, Neil is the franchise leader in penalty minutes in both the regular season (2,416) and in the postseason (192).
Neil's 243 points rank 12th on the club’s all-time points list.