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Habs sign Hudon to two-year, $1.3 million extension

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MONTREAL, QC - DECEMBER 12: Charles Hudon #54 of the Montreal Canadiens skates with the puck during the warmup prior to the NHL game against the Ottawa Senators at the Bell Centre on December 12, 2015 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The Montreal Canadiens defeated the Ottawa Senators 3-1. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

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Not long after orchestrating a blockbuster deal with Tampa Bay for Jonathan Drouin, the Canadiens continued to make moves on Thursday by extending forward Charles Hudon.

Per TVA, the deal is for $1.3 million, carrying an average annual cap hit of $650,000. The first year is of the two-way variety, the second is of the one-way.

Hudon has signed a two-year, one-way deal, the club announced. The deal comes after the 22-year-old had a great year with AHL St. John’s, scoring 27 goals and 49 points in 56 games.

The former fifth-round pick in 2012 has appeared in six career games for the Habs, including three last season. Like Drouin, Hudon is a Quebec native and, like Drouin, Hudon is a talented offensive player.

This latest contract suggests Hudon will be protected in the upcoming expansion draft, if he wasn’t going to be already.