James Neal understood that waiting wouldn't give him much leverage.

After all, he was scheduled to become a restricted free agent -- not an unrestricted one -- July 1, and those guys rarely receive outrageous contract offers or switch teams.

Didn't seem to matter, though.

Neal sounds like a guy who likely would have accepted the six-year, $30 million contract he got from the Penguins Sunday, regardless of the circumstances.

That is why, he said, he didn't bother finding out what the market for him might have been this summer.