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Charles Hudon signs one-year contract with Montreal Canadiens

The team and player avoid the arbitration hearing that was set for August 2.

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Becoming a restricted free agent on July 1, Charles Hudon had elected for salary arbitration in an effort to earn a fair deal for the 2019-20 season. The hearing that was set to take place on August 2 will no longer be necessary as the Montreal Canadiens have signed him to a one-year contract.

Drafted in 2012, the upcoming season will be the eighth for Hudon as a member of the Canadiens organization. After two additional seasons in the QMJHL after that fifth-round selection, he became one of the top forwards on the AHL affiliate, approaching 30 goals in 2015-16 and 2016-17 with the St. John’s IceCaps.

He was finally given a proper shot in the NHL, scoring 10 goals and adding 20 assists in his rookie season two years ago. However, as one of the players the coaching staff tried to use on its fourth line last year, he managed just five points in 32 games.

With a complement of forwards much stronger than what Hudon faced in his first NHL season, it will be very difficult for him to crack the 23-man roster as things currently stand. He will need to outperform one or two other veteran wingers in training camp, with Nick Suzuki and Ryan Poehling nipping at his heels all the while, to earn a place come October.