The Canadiens find themselves short on defenceman for their minor-league team in Hamilton after free agent Andre Benoit signed a two-way deal with the Ottawa Senators.
Benoit was part of the Bulldogs’ Calder Cup-winning team in 2007 and then played one season in Finland and one in Sweden before returning to Hamilton last season. A puck-moving defenceman, the 26-year-old had six goals andf 30 assists last season. The loss of Benoit leaves the Canadiens with only five defencemen on the farm although they do have eight – including recent addition Alexandre Picard – on the NHL roster.
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