Benoit was returned to the minors Monday. Benoit's promotion was always going to be temporary through the All-Star break. Now that the team is back in action ahead of Tuesday's clash with Minnesota, the defenseman was sent back to the Monsters -- for whom he has tallied five points, a minus-1 rating and 22 PIM in 31 outings. The 34-year-old has perhaps seen the last of the NHL, having previously appeared in 181 games in which he notched 11 goals and 37 helpers.
The Blue Jackets recalled Benoit from AHL Cleveland on Saturday, Aaron Portzline of The Athletic Cleveland reports. Benoit was promoted to satisfy the NHL's 20-player minimum roster requirement. He'll be returned to the Blue Jackets' AHL affiliate after the All-Star break.
Columbus waived Benoit on Tuesday, James Mirtle of The Athletic reports. The 33-year-old blueliner, who last drew into an NHL contest in 2015-16, is nothing more than an organizational depth option at this stage in his career. He'll be assigned to AHL Cleveland if he goes unclaimed.
Benoit signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Blue Jackets on Saturday, Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reports. Terms have not been disclosed. The 33-year-old hasn't seen a regular shift in the NHL since the 2015-16 season with Buffalo, but he scored six goals and 24 points in 52 games for Malmo in the SHL last year. Benoit will provide the Jackets with some blue-line depth at AHL Cleveland.
Benoit was reassigned to AHL Chicago on Friday. Colton Parayko (illness) and Carl Gunnarsson (upper body) have both been cleared for Friday's game against Colorado, so the Blues are no longer in need of Benoit's services as a depth defenseman. The 32-year-old blueliner drew into the lineup on two occasions during his stay with the big club, registering five blocked shots and one hit in those contests.
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