The Columbus Blue Jackets suspended forward Gregory Hofmann on Monday after he didn't return to the team after an excused leave of absence.
"Gregory was given permission by the club to step away for personal reasons and informed us today that because of those reasons he has decided not to return," Columbus general manager Jarmo Kekalainen said in a statement. "Obviously, we are disappointed, but we have no other recourse than to suspend him."
The 29-year-old Hofmann has seven points (two goals, five assists) in 24 games this season. He last appeared for the Blue Jackets on Dec. 14.
Columbus hosts the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday.
--Field Level Media