Born January 6, 1984 in St. Albert, Ont, Andre Benoit played his junior hockey with the Kitchener Rangers before signing with the Hamilton Bulldogs of the Ahl. Despite signing with the Montreal Canadians in 2006, Benoit remained with the Bulldogs and wwent on to help them win the 2006 Calder Cup.

In 2007, Benoit played in Europe, first in the SM-liiga and later the Swedish Elite league before returning to the Bulldogs in the 2009-10 season.

Benoit signed with the Ottawa Senators in 2010 and played most of his year with the Binghamton Senators.  He was named to the AHL’s second all-star team as well as helping the B-sens win the Calder Cup in 2010.

In 2011-12, he spent most of the season with the Moscow Spartak of the KHL. In the summer of 2012, Benoit re-signed with the Sens and is expected to help re-enforce the blue line this year. He is noted as a smart , offensive playmaking defenceman with a solid shot.

The latest edition of Ten Takes looks at the implications of Chris Phillips re-signing and the uncertain future of Jason Spezza and Bobby Ryan in Ottawa. There’s also some coffee talk about coffee, university hockey, the likely NHL rookie of the year, and as an added bonus, a mention of an ill-advised hockey-related robbery attempt.