The Columbus Blue Jackets announced Monday night that the club had suspended forward Gregory Hoffman for refusing to report to the team.
Hoffman, who came to Columbus in a trade last season from the Carolina Hurricanes, was allowed a sabbatical earlier this season by the Blue Jackets and recently notified the team that he would not be returning.
As Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen explained in a statement on the matter, “Obviously, we’re disappointed, but we have nothing to do but suspend his game.”
Hoffman signed a one-year deal with the Blue Jackets this past offseason. The 29-year-old spent his first 11 seasons in the Swiss NLA and played for the Swiss national team at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics.
In 24 games for the Blue Jackets this season, Hoffman scored 2 goals, 5 assists and 7 points, averaging 12:30 per game.
It’s unclear what’s next for Hoffman’s professional hockey career. But one thing is for sure, it won’t be spent in Columbus.