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Montreal Canadiens sign Jake Evans to two-year contract extension

The forward has the inside track for an NHL job next season.

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The Montreal Canadiens have signed forward Jake Evans to a two-year contract extension.

For the first season, Evans will have a two-way deal that will see him earn $700,000 in the NHL and $225,000 in the AHL. In the second year, the contract becomes a one-way NHL deal where he will receive $800,000. The NHL cap hit will be the average, $750,000.

Evans is coming off of a season where he made his NHL debut, and by the end of the playoffs was a regular in the team’s lineup. He replaced Nate Thompson when the forward was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers.

He played 13 NHL regular season games, scoring two goals and adding one assist. He had one assist in six post-season games.

In the AHL with the Laval Rocket, he was one of the the team’s top forwards. He had 14 goals and 24 assists in 51 games.

As it stands, he will have every chance to make the team out of training camp in 2020-21, whenever the season gets underway. However, the team has a full off-season to try and add to its roster.