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Montreal Canadiens sign Jake Lucchini to one-year, two-way contract extension

The forward will be a key piece for the Laval Rocket.

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The Montreal Canadiens have continued locking up potential free agents, signing Jake Lucchini to a one-year, two-way contract extension for the 2020-21 season.

The 25-year-old forward was acquired from the Pittsburgh Penguins with Joseph Blandisi in a trade that sent Riley Barber and Phil Varone the other way. Blandisi was signed to an extension on Friday.

Lucchini will make $700,000 in the NHL and $85,000 in the AHL this season. He had four goals and one assist in eight AHL games with the Laval Rocket after the trade. With the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, he had seven goals and eight assists in 53 games.

The Trail, BC native is someone whose effort was always at a high level and is a perfect depth piece in the AHL. He could play in the middle six for the Rocket, and Joël Bouchard has shown that he can have success with these types of players.

Lucchini is the 40th player to sign a contract with the Canadiens for the 2020-21 season. The maximum is 50.