D-man Andre Benoit returns to Ottawa Senators

The Ottawa Senators have signed defenceman Andre Benoit to a one-year, two-way contract.
Benoit, 28, returns to the Senators after spending the 2011-12 season with Moscow Spartak of the Kontinental Hockey League. In 53 KHL games, he had five goals and 12 assists while collecting 34 penalty minutes.
The 5-11, 186-pound native of St. Albert, Ont., made his NHL debut in 2010-11, getting one assist and six penalty minutes in eight games with Ottawa.
He was also part of the Binghamton Senators’ Calder Cup-winning team, scoring 11 goals and 55 points in 73 regular-season games before adding five goals and 18 points in 23 AHL playoff contests.
Benoit spent the 2009-10 season with Montreal Canadiens’ AHL team, the Hamilton Bulldogs. Before that, he spent two seasons in Europe, playing with Sodertalje SK of the Swedish Elite League in 2008-09 and Tappara Tampere of the Finnish League in 2007-08.
After signing as a free agent with Montreal on Jan. 9, 2006, Benoit played two seasons in Hamilton, where he was a member of the Bulldogs’ Calder Cup champion team in 2007.
Benoit played five seasons with the Ontario Hockey League’s Kitchener Rangers from 2000-01 to 2004-05.
In 285 career AHL games, Benoit has 34 goals and 114 assists while collecting 217 penalty minutes. He has 45 points, including eight goals, in 64 career playoff games.

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