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Sharks Sign Defenseman Matt Benning

SAN JOSE, CA - San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) General Manager Mike Grier announced today that the club has signed defenseman Matt Benning to a four-year contract. "Matt is a steady, veteran defensemen who plays with a physical edge and can chip in offensively," said Grier. "His age and style of play fit well with our existing group.
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Sharks' Matt Benning: Inks four-year deal

Benning joined the Sharks on Wednesday on a four-year, $5 million contract. Benning put up 11 assists in 65 games with the Predators last season. The 28-year-old defenseman is well-known for his physical play, though there's not much offense to be had. Benning should secure a bottom-four role as the Sharks try to move on in the post-Brent Burns era.
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Predators' Matt Benning: Finds assist Tuesday

Benning produced an assist, five hits and two shots on goal in Tuesday's 7-2 loss to the Avalanche. Benning ended a nine-game point drought with his helper on the second of Matt Duchene's two goals in the game. Physicality is a much larger part of Benning's game than offense. The 27-year-old blueliner posted 11 assists, 82 hits, 67 blocked shots and 39 PIM in 65 regular-season outings.
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Predators' Matt Benning: Activated from IR

Benning (upper body) was removed from injured reserve Sunday. Benning has missed the last six games but should be back in action Sunday against the Flyers. The 27-year-old has just 10 assists with a minus-15 rating through 53 games this season. Assuming he's in the lineup Sunday, he'll likely return to a bottom-four role.
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Predators' Matt Benning: Still out Thursday

Benning (upper body) remains out of action Thursday versus the Flyers, Brooks Bratten of the Predators' official site reports. Benning will miss his second straight game with the injury. The 27-year-old's absence means Philippe Myers remains in the lineup and would likely continue to if Benning can't play Saturday versus the Maple Leafs.
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Predators' Matt Benning: Unavailable Tuesday

Benning (upper body) won't play Tuesday versus the Penguins. Benning has just one assist in his last 12 games, so his absence won't be noticed in many fantasy formats. Philippe Myers will take his place in the lineup. Benning will try to return Thursday versus the Flyers.
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Predators' Matt Benning: Snags helper in win

Benning notched an assist, four blocked shots and two shots on goal in Thursday's 4-1 win over the Ducks. This was Benning's first point in 10 games since he returned from a lower-body injury. The 27-year-old defenseman set up a Colton Sissons tally in the third period Thursday. Benning typically doesn't add much on offense, but he's up 10 assists in 51 contests this season after logging just 12 points in 96 outings over the previous two campaigns. He's added 65 hits, 57 blocked shots, 35 PIM and a minus-15 rating in a bottom-four role in 2021-22.
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Predators' Matt Benning: In Saturday's lineup

Benning (lower body) will play Saturday against Winnipeg, Brooks Bratten of the Predators' official site reports. Benning tallied three assists in four games just before suffering an injury. He'll skate in a bottom-pair role next to Mark Borowiecki on Saturday. The 27-year-old is averaging 17 minutes of ice time per game this season.
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Predators' Matt Benning: Returns to play

Benning (lower body) is expected to play Wednesday against the Stars, per NHL.com. Benning missed one game while recovering from a lower-body injury but partially thanks to the All-Star break, last Wednesday's game against Vancouver is expected to be his only absence. The 27-year-old has averaged 17:42 of ice time and distributed four assists over his last 10 games. Philippe Myers is a candidate to see a reduced role upon Benning's return.
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Predators' Matt Benning: Still out with LBI

Contrary to a previous report, Benning remains sidelined by a lower-body injury, Brooks Bratten of the Predators' official site reports. Benning will miss his second straight game Wednesday against the Stars. The 27-year-old has nine assists, 49 hits and 45 blocked shots in 41 contests. He'll try to get healthy in time for Saturday's game versus the Jets.
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Predators' Matt Benning: Out with lower-body injury

Benning (lower body) won't play Tuesday versus the Canucks. Benning is considered day-to-day with the injury. Philippe Myers is expected to draw into the lineup in a third-pairing role. Benning's next chance to return is Feb. 9 versus the Stars in the Predators' first game after the All-Star break.
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Predators' Matt Benning: Assists in back-to-back outings

Benning logged an assist, three hits and three blocked shots in Thursday's 3-2 shootout loss to the Oilers. Benning has picked up an assist in each of his last two games and three of his last four. The sudden uptick in offense has the defenseman at nine assists with 41 shots, 49 hits, 45 blocks, 33 PIM and a minus-9 rating in 41 contests overall. Benning has mainly played in a bottom-four role and probably won't continue his recent scoring uptick for long.
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Predators' Matt Benning: Collects helper

Benning notched an assist and two PIM in Tuesday's 4-2 win over the Kraken. Benning set up Luke Kunin's game-tying goal in the final minute of the first period. It was a rare contribution on offense for Benning, who has just eight assists in 40 games this season, though half of them have come in January. He's been a steady source of penalties lately, posting 17 PIM in his last seven outings and 33 for the season. The blueliner typically plays more of a physical and defensive role that's not likely to help in most fantasy formats.
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Predators' Matt Benning: Racks up more PIM

Benning was penalized twice for seven PIM in a 4-1 win over the Red Wings on Saturday. Benning was whistled for cross-checking Tyler Bertuzzi at the tail end of the second period before helping out fantasy managers by fighting Bertuzzi before heading to the box. The physical defenseman is up to 31 PIM in 39 contests this season.
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Predators' Matt Benning: Penalized in loss

Benning logged two PIM and a hit in a 4-1 loss to the Sabres on Thursday. Benning has just two points over his last 10 games. The defenseman has not eclipsed 10 points in a season since putting up 17 points back in 2018-19 with Edmonton.
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Predators' Matt Benning: Adds rare helper Saturday

Benning notched his fifth point of the season with an assist in Saturday's 6-1 win over the Blackhawks. Benning will get the odd point here and there, but he fills mostly a stay-at-home role on the Preds' blue line, giving him little to no fantasy value in most formats.
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