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Habs sign Andre Benoit Montreal Canadiens May 13, 2009, 3:26 PM EDT PRESS RELEASE

MONTREAL – The Montreal Canadiens announced today the signing of defenseman André Benoit to a one-year, two-way contract for the 2009-10 season. As per club policy, financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Benoit, who spent the last two seasons in Europe, played with Sodertalje SK of the Swedish Elite League in 2008-09. The 25-year-old was the team’s leading defenseman last season with 20 points in 54 games (4 goals, 16 assists), serving 34 penalty minutes.

From 2005 to 2007, the St-Albert, Ontario native played two seasons with the AHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs, scoring 57 points (17 goals, 40 assists) with 101 penalty minutes in 134 regular-season games. Benoit also won the Calder Cup with the Bulldogs in 2007, totaling 13 points in 22 playoff games (2 goals, 11 assists). Signed as a free agent by the Canadiens on January 9, 2006, Benoit participated in the Canadiens’ training camps in 2005-06 and in 2006-07.

Before joining the professional ranks, Benoit recorded 299 points (99 goals, 200 assists) in 324 regular-season games with the OHL’s Kitchener Rangers, from 2000 to 2005. He won the 2003 Memorial Cup with Kitchener and was named to the league’s First All-Star Team in 2004-05, leading all OHL defensemen with 77 points in 67 games (24 goals, 53 assists).

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Great addition, another big shot from the point!

I just had to post it three times :)

LoL sounds like somone is super exicted hes here...

Glad we signed him, Cant have enough D, We didnt waste any draft picks on him, didnt trade anyone away.. PLayers like this are always always Great finds... Keep em up

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Not as exciting as signing Subban but the Canadiens have signed Andre "the Professor" Benoit to a two way contract. Benoit was a big part of our excellent Calder Cup team defence. He is returning from the Swiss league where he played well. The biggest knock on him seems to be his height at 5'11'' but I was surprised the Habs didn't keep him around at least for Hamilton. Hopefully he will help out both clubs this year - he is good both offensively and defensively. Welcome Back!!!!!

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Not as exciting as signing Subban but the Canadiens have signed Andre "the Professor" Benoit to a two way contract. Benoit was a big part of our excellent Calder Cup team defence. He is returning from the Swiss league where he played well. The biggest knock on him seems to be his height at 5'11'' but I was surprised the Habs didn't keep him around at least for Hamilton. Hopefully he will help out both clubs this year - he is good both offensively and defensively. Welcome Back!!!!!

He might be in the Habs plans as a possible replacement for Soupy,,, size wise. :P

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